pitfall trap

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A device for capturing ground-dwelling invertebrate animals, which comprises an appropriately baited vessel (e.g. a jam jar containing a small piece of rotting meat) that is buried so its mouth is at ground level. The mouth is covered by a roof, which shelters the vessel from rain and prevents larger animals from entering, raised sufficiently to allow access for target species.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Ecology and Conservation.

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