Notes on the arthropod fauna of Salas y Gómez island, Chile

Samantha N. Hershauer, Sebastian Yancovic Pakarati, J. Judson Wynne
2020 Revista Chilena de Historia Natural  
Salas y Gómez is a small, volcanic island largely untouched by humans due to its diminutive size and remoteness. Since the waters surrounding Salas y Gómez were established as Motu Motiro Hiva Marine Park in 2010, marine investigations have been the primary research focus. Secondarily, nesting seabird communities have been censused since 2011. Methods and findings: In 2016, terrestrial arthropods were sampled on the island. Two observers sampled two locations for 30 min per site. Fifteen
more » ... ite. Fifteen morphospecies were identified including at least one likely undescribed species. Conclusions: Our work represents the most comprehensive terrestrial arthropod inventory of Salas y Gómez island to date. We are hopeful the recommendations provided will spur additional research to both characterize the island's arthropod community, as well as identify species of management concern.
doi:10.1186/s40693-020-00093-w fatcat:2rk6zfwo7jahvoptcyq75isfmm