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Camera trap and questionnaire dataset on ecosystem services provided by small carnivores in agro-ecosystems in South Africa

Camera trap and questionnaire dataset on ecosystem services provided by small carnivores in agro-ecosystems in South Africa

Williams, Samual T., Maree, Naudene, Taylor, Peter, Belmain, Steven R. ORCID: 0000-0002-5590-7545, Keith, Mark and Swanepoel, Lourens H. (2018) Camera trap and questionnaire dataset on ecosystem services provided by small carnivores in agro-ecosystems in South Africa. Data in Brief, 18. pp. 753-759. ISSN 2352-3409 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2018.03.071)

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Abstract

This dataset includes data derived from camera trap surveys and questionnaire surveys relating to small carnivores in agro-ecosystems in the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, South Africa. The data were collected as part of the study “Predation by small mammalian carnivores in rural agro-ecosystems: An under valued ecosystem service?” (Williams etal.,2017a) [1]. camera trap locations were stratified by land use: settlement, crops, and grazing areas. The camera trap data provide an insight into the ecology of the nine species of small carnivores that were recorded: striped polecat (Ictonyx striatus), honey badger (Mellivora capensis), large-spotted genet (Genetta maculata), African civet (Civettictis civetta), slender mongoose (Galerellas anguinea), Meller's mongoose (Rhynchogale melleri), Selous' mongoose (Paracynicti sselousi), white tailed mongoose (Ichneumia albicauda), and dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula). We also recorded domesticated animals such as domestic cats (Felis catus), domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), and cattle (Bos taurus) on the camera traps. The questionnaire data are comprised of responses of stakeholders to questions regarding the impacts of these species on rural farming communities. In the accompanying data repository hosted on Figshare (doi10.6084/m9.figshare.4750807, (Williamsetal.,2017b)[2]) we provide raw data, along with processed data and Rcode used to analyse these data to determine the impact of land use and domestic animals on the species richness and occupancy of small carnivores in rural agro-ecosystems (Williamsetal.,2017a) [1].

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Uncontrolled Keywords: rodents, carnivores, ecosystem services
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Pest Behaviour Research Group
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2018 11:26
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19575

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