Carabid Collection (Trap Sorting) (NEON-CARC-TS)

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This collection contains subsamples of Carabid adults from pitfall sampling from a single trap (NEON sample class: Ground beetles are sampled using pitfall traps (16 oz deli containers filled with 150 or 250 mL of propylene glycol). Four (pre-2018) or 3 (2018 and beyond) traps are deployed in each of 10 (pre-2023) or 6 (2023 and beyond) plots at each terrestrial NEON site, with traps arrayed approximately 20 meters from the center of the plot. Sampling occurs biweekly throughout the growing season (when temperatures are above 4 degrees C). Following trap collection, all beetles from the family Carabidae are sorted by NEON technicians and identified to species or morphospecies. A subset of collected Carabidae are pointed or pinned, while other specimens (non-pinned/non-pointed carabids, invertebrate bycatch, and vertebrate bycatch) are stored in 95% ethanol for archiving. Regardless of storage method, all collections data are reported at a per trap resolution. A subset of pinned ground beetles (up to 467 per site per year) are sent to an expert taxonomist for secondary identification. Identifications performed on these individuals may be used to estimate uncertainty in parataxonomist identification by NEON technicians. See related links below for protocols and NEON related data products.


Contacts: NEON Biorepository,
Collection Manager: Andrew Johnston, (ORCID #: 0000-0002-0166-6985)
Ground beetles sampled from pitfall traps data product:
Ground beetle sequences DNA barcode data product:
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 86b4a516-e707-47d3-a473-693c690130db
Digital Metadata: EML File
GBIF Dataset page:
Cite this collection:
NEON Biorepository Data Portal (2024). NEON Biorepository Carabid Collection (Trap Sorting). Occurrence dataset accessed via the NEON Biorepository Data Portal, on 2024-04-14.
Collection Statistics
  • 4,963 specimen records
  • 4,963 (100%) georeferenced
  • 86 (2%) with images (86 total images)
  • 166 publication references
  • 4,700 (95%) identified to species
  • 2 families
  • 62 genera
  • 204 species
  • 223 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
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