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      Quantitative data from six years (2013-2018) of light trap sampling of macromoths (Lepidoptera) in Mt. Hallasan National Park, South Korea

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      Biodiversity Data Journal

      Pensoft Publishers

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          This paper presents the results of long-term monitoring of macromoth communities in Mt. Hallasan National Park, South Korea. This mountain shows an altitudinal gradient of vegetation from evergreen deciduous to boreal trees, harbouring more than 550 species of vascular plants. The goal of this project was to investigate the changes in moth assemblages along the altitudinal gradient in this mountain ecosystem. We monitored macromoth communities at 11 sites in Mt. Hallasan National Park from 2013 to 2018, during which time moths were collected once a month from May to October, using an ultraviolet bucket trap. The generated dataset, which represented 587 species and 13,249 individuals from 14 families, can be adopted to establish a baseline for development of a network-orientated database to assess temporal and spatial changes of moths in temperate and tropical forests.

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          This is the first long-term sampling-event dataset on macromoth assemblages in changing vegetation from evergreen deciduous to boreal tree zones, conducted in Mt. Hallasan National Park, the national park at the highest elevation and located on the largest volcanic island in South Korea. The aim of this study was to provide a description and a link to published data in the format of a peer-reviewed journal and to provide recognition of the effort in a scholarly article (based on data paper definition published at https://www.gbif.org/en/data-papers).

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                Biodivers Data J
                Biodivers Data J
                Biodiversity Data Journal
                Pensoft Publishers
                07 April 2020
                : 8
                [1 ] Mokpo National University, Muan, South Korea Mokpo National University Muan South Korea
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Sei-Woong Choi ( choisw@ 123456mokpo.ac.kr ).

                Academic editor: Rodolphe Rougerie

                51490 13347
                Sei-Woong Choi, Sang-Hyeon Na

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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                Figures: 3, Tables: 3, References: 18
                Funded by: National Research Foundation of Korea 501100003725 http://doi.org/10.13039/501100003725
                Data Paper (Biosciences)
                Biodiversity & Conservation
                Ecology & Environmental sciences
                Zoology & Animal Biology


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