Biodiv Sci ›› 2023, Vol. 31 ›› Issue (7): 23021.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2023021

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A photographic dataset of the beetle specimens by three passive acquisition methods in Ma On Shan, Hong Kong

Hao Shen1,2, Yijie Tong2, Shuzhe Zhao3, Yongjin Han1, Xiaoxu Shi3, Bei Teng2,4, Xinpu Wang1,*(), Ming Bai1,2,5,*()   

  1. 1. School of Agriculture, Ningxia University, Yinchuan 750021
    2. Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101
    3. College of Plant Protection, Hebei Agricultural University, Baoding, Hebei 071001
    4. School of Life Sciences, Hebei University, Baoding, Hebei 071028
    5. Hainan Yazhou Bay Seed Laboratory, Sanya, Hainan 572025;Database/Dataset Profile
  • Received:2023-01-31 Accepted:2023-04-23 Online:2023-07-20 Published:2023-07-12
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Here is a dataset offers the biodiversity information of beetles in the Ma On Shan region of Hong Kong, China. We collected beetles from various areas using three passive collection methods (flight interception trap, Malaise trap and pitfall trap) in different areas. The dataset includes beetles collected at Ma On Shan (Hong Kong) sample site from 27th May to 17th June, 2017. The sample site contains 13 sample points, each with one flight interception trap, one Malaise trap, and ten pitfall traps. In total, we collected 3,011 beetles from 45 families and 325 species. This dataset consists of five parts: (1) the original photos of collected beetles (photographed in 198 images); (2) photographs of beetles with identification results; (3) a statistical table showing the number of beetle specimens collected; (4) a morphological species identification chart; (5) an information table with latitude, longitude, temperature, precipitation and altitude of sample points. By using three passive collection methods, this study provides an effective and feasible approach for collecting insects. This dataset can be used to quantitatively assess the diversity of beetles and contribute to the diversity study of beetles in Hong Kong.

Key words: Hong Kong, biological diversity, passive collecting, SITE100