NZCS Tafelberg Expeditions 2003/2005/2013

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The first expedition to Tafelberg was carried out in cooperation with the National Herbarium of Suriname between June 10 and June 28, 2003. From the Rudi Kappel Airstrip the team walked to the plateau of Tafelberg (Augustus Creek) in three days. Basecamp was established at Augustus Creek (580m altitude) and most collecting was done here. On the 19th the team moved to a second basecamp at Caiman Creek (700m altitude), to return to Basecamp I on the 24th. On the 26th helicopters picked the team up and dropped them at the airstrip. The 27th was spend collecting at the Rudi Kappel Airstrip. The collected specimens include plants, insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles. In addition, observations on birds and mammals were done. The second expedition was executed between March 23rd and April 7, 2005. This was also a cooperation between NZCS and the National Herbarium of Suriname. Helicopters were used to reach Augustus Creek at the Tafelberg plateau and returning to the airstrip. Also, during this expedition Caiman Creek was visited for collecting, from March 30th, returning to basecamp on April 3rd. Collections during this expedition concern the same taxonomic groups as during the first expedition, but in addition observations on water quality and vegetation were done. The teams carrying out the first and second expedition are as follows: Dr. Paul E. Ouboter (1&2) Expedition leader/ichthyologist, herpetologist & ecologist/videographer (NZCS/CMO/IBER) Shamita A. Sahdew (1) Assistant-curator Vertebrates (NZCS/IBER) Rawien Jairam (1&2) Assistant Vertebrates (NZCS) Gwendolyn Landburg (2) Limnologist (CMO) Drs. Otte Ottema (1&2) Ornithologist (STINASU) Foek Chin Joe (2) Assistant ornithologist Ir. Helene Hiwat-van Laar (1&2) Entomologist (NZCS) Anielkoemar Gangadin (1&2) Assistant-curator Invertebrates (NZCS) Drs. Usha Raghoenandan † (1) Botanist (BBS) Bart De Dijn Lcs. (2) Vegetation Scientist Joelaika Behari-Ramdas (1&2) Assistant-curator Botany (BBS) Frits van Troon (2) Tree specialist Janice Bisambar (1) Student Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Technology Adams Deel (1) Guide/foreman 1st expedition Mani Titi (1) Field assistant Tetijese Watiri (1) Field assistant/tree climber Mariwehte Sowiwi (1) Field assistant/tree climber Mr. Jacobi Guide/foreman 2nd expedition Timothy (2) Field assistant/tree climber Kumu (2) Field assistant The third expedition was carried out in cooperation with Kansas University and the New York Botanical Garden. The team left by airplane and helicopter on the 12th of August, returned to Rudi Kappel Airstrip on August 23rd and returned to Paramaribo on August 26th. The team consisted of Andrew Short (water beetle specialist), Kevin Bloom (water beetles and fish), Paul Ouboter and Vanessa Kadosoe (amphibians and reptiles), Fabian Michelangeli (Neotropical plants), Julian Aguirre (Bromeliads). A team of 5 people helped with cooking, camp building and functioned as guides (Mr. Bert, Mr Spier, Miss Hermina, Mani and Oewawa) Collected specimens concerned plants, water beetles, fish, amphibians and reptiles.

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Keywords

Occurrence; Reptilia; Amphibia; Insecta; Tafelberg; Expeditions; 2003; 2005; 2013; Suriname; Specimen; Reptilia; Amphibia; Insecta

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Paul Ouboter
Assistant Vector Entomology
NZCS Leysweg #86 Paramaribo SR 465558 ext 2333
Dimitri Ouboter
Database assistant
NZCS Leysweg #86 Paramaribo SR 465558 ext 2333
Vanessa Kadosoe
Assistant Vector Entomology
NZCS Leysweg #86 Paramaribo SR 465558 ext 2322

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Vanessa Kadosoe
Assistant Vector Entomology
NZCS Leysweg #86 Paramaribo SR 465558 ext 2322

Who filled in the metadata:

Paul Ouboter
Director of NZCS
NZCS Leysweg #86 Paramaribo SR 465558 ext 2333
Vanessa Kadosoe
Assistant Vector Entomology
NZCS Leysweg #86 Paramaribo SR 465558 ext 2322

Who else was associated with the resource:

Distributor
Vanessa Kadosoe
Assistant Vector Entomology
NZCS Leysweg #86 Paramaribo SR 465558 ext 2322
Principal Investigator
Paul Ouboter
Director of NZCS
NZCS Leysweg #86 Paramaribo SR +597 465558 ext 2333
Custodian Steward
Dimitri Ouboter
Database Assistant
NZCS Leysweg #86 Paramaribo SR +597 465558 ext 2333

Geographic Coverage

The geographic coverage for the Tafelberg Expeditions 2003, 2005 and 2013 encompasses the area of most of the plateau of Tafelberg and the areas south of the mountain, especially the Rudi Kappel Savanna.

Bounding Coordinates South West [3.785, -56.234], North East [3.951, -56.149]

Taxonomic Coverage

All specimens from these expedition were identified either to family, genus or species level.

Class  Reptilia (Reptiles),  Amphibia (Amphibians),  Insecta (Insects)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2003-06-10 / 2003-06-28
Start Date / End Date 2005-03-23 / 2005-04-07
Start Date / End Date 2013-08-12 / 2013-08-26

Project Data

The first expedition to Tafelberg was carried out in cooperation with the National Herbarium of Suriname between June 10 and June 28, 2003. From the Rudi Kappel Airstrip the team walked to the plateau of Tafelberg (Augustus Creek) in three days. Basecamp was established at Augustus Creek (580m altitude) and most collecting was done here. On the 19th the team moved to a second basecamp at Caiman Creek (700m altitude), to return to Basecamp I on the 24th. On the 26th helicopters picked the team up and dropped them at the airstrip. The 27th was spend collecting at the Rudi Kappel Airstrip. The collected specimens include plants, insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles. In addition, observations on birds and mammals were done. The second expedition was executed between March 23rd and April 7, 2005. This was also a cooperation between NZCS and the National Herbarium of Suriname. Helicopters were used to reach Augustus Creek at the Tafelberg plateau and returning to the airstrip. Also, during this expedition Caiman Creek was visited for collecting, from March 30th, returning to basecamp on April 3rd. Collections during this expedition concern the same taxonomic groups as during the first expedition, but in addition observations on water quality and vegetation were done. The third expedition was carried out in cooperation with Kansas University and the New York Botanical Garden. The team left by airplane and helicopter on the 12th of August, returned to Rudi Kappel Airstrip on August 23rd and returned to Paramaribo on August 26th. Collected specimens were plants, water beetles, fish, amphibians and reptiles.

Title Flora and fauna assessment at the Tafelberg Project SCF. 2002, T1.002 (1st & 2nd expedition); Water beetle and amphibians assessment at the Tafelberg Tepui, a grant by National Geographic Society (3rd expedition)
Funding Suriname Conservation Foundation (SCF)(1st & 2nd expedition); National Geographic Society (3rd expedition)
Study Area Description Mostly on the plateau of the Tafelberg Tepui, consisting of Tropical Rainforest, Mountain savanna forest and Rock savannas. Some of the forests are dominated by a single species of trees, e.g. Clusia forest. The Tafelberg mountain is the eastern most Tepui of the Guiana Shield which consists of sandstone and consequently has blackwater creeks.
Design Description Areas were sampled for insects, amphibians and reptiles during the day and in the evening while using line transects. Insects were collected also using traps (passive collecting) and sweep nets, dip nets (active collecting). For plants only plots were used for collecting. Fishes were collected using dip nets and seines.

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Paul Ouboter
Principal Investigator
Adrew Short
Principal Investigator
Bart de Dijn
Principal Investigator
Otte Ottema
Principal Investigator
Helene Hiwat-van Laar
Principal Investigator
Usha Raghoenandan
Principal Investigator
Fabian Michelangeli
Curator
Shamita Sahdew
Curator
Rawien Jairam
Curator
Anielkoemar Gangadien
Curator
Joelaika Behari-Ramdas
Curator
Vanessa Kadosoe

Sampling Methods

The sampling methods were specific to the taxonomic groups and included transect walks, plots, hand sampling, seining and using insect traps and active insect collecting.

Study Extent Tafelberg mountain and Rudi Kappel Airstrip, were sampled three times.
Quality Control In some cases the identification of specimens was rechecked by foreign experts.

Method step description:

  1. 1. Plants were sampled using plots and by tree climbing; Amphibians and reptiles were collected using line transects during night and day surveys and were collected by hand when encountered; Insects were collected using various methods (insect traps, active sampling). Aquatic beetles were sampled with dip nets; Fishes were collected using dip nets and seining. 2. The specimens were labeled in the field and after identification a collection number was assigned to each specimen. 3. The vertebrate specimens were first preserved in formaldehyde and then transferred into 70% Ethanol. The invertebrate samples were preserved in ethanol or kept in envelopes and then pinned and dried. Plants were pressed, dried or preserved in ethanol. 4. All specimens were identified to species using literature and keys. Some specimens were identified abroad.

Collection Data

Collection Name NZCS Insecten Collectie
Parent Collection Identifier NZCS Invertebraten Collectie
Specimen preservation methods Alcohol,  Pinned
Curatorial Units Count 228 +/- 1 Tubes ,  Between 1 and 2 Dried specimens/Pinned

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers c28743cc-fcaa-4e80-8c42-ece6a20dea70
https://cloud.gbif.org/bid/resource?r=tafelberg-expedition-2003-2005-2013