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date: 27 May 2024

Tullgren funnel 

Source:
A Dictionary of Zoology
Author(s):

Michael Allaby

A device used to extract small invertebrate animals from a leaf litter or a dry soil sample. The sample is placed in a container with a base made from gauze with a mesh designed to hold soil particles but permit the animals to pass. The container is arranged over a funnel, with a light above. The heat causes the animals to move away from the top of the sample, through the gauze sheet and into the funnel from which they can be collected. Most species are collected after two hours, but complete extraction takes two to three days.... ...

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