Drakensberg Midlands
Basic information
Sample name: Drakensberg Midlands

Reference: T. Ramesh and C. T. Downs. 2015. Impact of land use on occupancy and abundance of terrestrial mammals in the Drakensberg Midlands, South Africa. Journal for Nature Conservation 23:9-18 [ER 1748]
Country: South Africa
State: KwaZulu-Natal

Coordinate: 29° 19' S, 29° 51' E
Basis of coordinate: stated in text as range
Geography comments: "Our study was conducted in Fort Nottingham (Site A), Khamberg (Site B) and Mooi River (Site C)"
Climate and habitat
Habitat: tropical/subtropical savanna
Altered habitat: cropland
Substrate: ground surface
WMT: 31.8
CMT: 9.2
MAP: 975.0
Habitat comments: original vegetation is shown to be "grassland" in Fig. 1, but the sites are on farms and "The main land uses in this region are dairy production using indigenous grassland pasture, seed potatoes Solanum tuberosum and maize Zea mays"
climate data are for Fort Nottingham in the Drakensberg Midlands and are from Ramesh and Downs (2014, J Ornith)
Life forms: carnivores, primates, rodents, ungulates, other large mammals, other small mammals
Sites: 3
Site area: 113200.000
Sampling methods: no design, automatic cameras
Sample size: 3319
Years: 2012, 2013
Nets or traps: 15
Net or trap nights: 1320
Camera type: digital
Cameras paired: no
Trap spacing: 1.700
Sampling comments: "The minimum convex polygon size of the camera survey areas was 43.2km2 for A and 35km2 for both B and C... we conducted camera trapping survey between October 2012 and January 2013 using a systematic grid 2 km2 covering all three different sites varied in land use patterns at 44 locations. We did not have large number of traps (15 traps)... Each grid had a minimum of one camera trap site with mean inter-trap distance of 1.7km Each camera was operated for 30 days amounting to a total effort of 1320 trap nights... surveys used fixed [Camera LtI Acorn 6210MC digital] cameras... left to operate for 24 h a day"
Sample: 1950
Contributor: John Alroy
Enterer: John Alroy
Created: 2016-01-20 11:22:00
Modified: 2016-12-15 17:24:25
Abundance distribution
26 species
5 singletons
total count 3319
standardised richness: not computable
Fisher's α: 3.845
geometric series k: 0.7738
Hurlbert's PIE: 0.8776
Shannon's H: 2.3299
Good's u: 0.9985
Felis lybica54.5 kg carnivore
Orycteropus afer640 kg insectivore
Papio ursinus4318 kg
Canis mesomelas6097.9 kg carnivore
Tragelaphus scriptus10431 kg browser-grazer
Potamochoerus larvatus11038 kg grazer-browser
Aonyx capensis614 kg invertivore-carnivore
Lepus saxatilis332.0 kg
Caracal caracal712 kg carnivore
"Felis caracal"
Sylvicapra grimmia52813 kg browser-grazer
Felis catus24
Homo sapiens403
Procavia capensis1 browser
Genetta tigrina221.7 kg invertivore-carnivore
Herpestes ichneumon1462.9 kg carnivore-insectivore
Ictonyx striatus2753 g invertivore-carnivore
Hystrix africaeaustralis53615 kg browser
Redunca arundinum337 grazer
Leptailurus serval28610 kg carnivore
Galerella sanguinea1465 g carnivore-insectivore
Felis nigripes11.6 kg carnivore
Cercopithecus albogularis1
Hydrictis maculicollis1
"Lutra maculicollis"
Chlorocebus pygerythrus13
Atilax paludinosus652.8 kg invertivore-carnivore
Ichneumia albicauda293.1 kg invertivore-carnivore