The estimated number of terrestrial arthropods in British Columbia ranges from 40,000 to 50,000 (Cannings 1992). There needs to be a concerted sampling effort to catalogue even this conservative estimate. An arthropod survey involves the recording and collecting of ecological groups, in a series of stations throughout a defined area. This inventory manual provides a standardized format for sampling terrestrial arthropods that was developed by the Element Specialty Sub-Group (Advisor's Group of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Taskforce of the Resource Inventory Committee on Terrestrial Arthropods). It includes a synopsis of appropriate inventory methodologies (from collections through identifications) and survey design.
Winchester, N.N., Scudder, G.G.E.. 1111. Methodology for Sampling Terrestrial Arthropods in British Columbia. Resources Inventory Committee. RN326