Plant-pollinator interactions along an elevational gradient on Mt. Kilimanjaro


This data set contains 67 quantitative plant-pollinator networks consisting of 268 observational hours and 4380 plant-pollinator interactions, which were recorded along a 3.4 km elevational gradient at Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania). The data set was analysed in Classen et al. (accepted; Status: 09.01.2020). Ecology and Evolution. Details on how the data were sampled are given in this publication. In a nutshell, only interactions between plants and insect pollinators (specifically: wild bees, non-bee aculeate wasps, symphyta, syrphid flies) are included. Each network consists of a minimum of 5 interactions (in most cases much more). One network contains the recordings of a 4-hour variable transect walk on a specific plot (study site). We recorded all events in which an insect pollinator touched the reproductive parts of a flower. Most of the pollinators were caught with sweep nets and identified to species or morpho species level by well-trained taxonomists. Involved plant species were identified to species level in most cases (unidentified species are marked as such). Each plot was visited up to 7 times.

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Creator Classen, Alice; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2020
Funding Reference German Science Foundation, 107847609
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
OpenAccess true
Language English
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 14297 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (37.240W, -3.340S, 37.680E, -3.050N); Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Temporal Coverage Begin 2011-01-02T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2012-11-13T00:00:00Z