Arthropods were sorted from samples obtained with Tullgren funnels. Each sorter maintained a log of time per session and arthropods removed per session. Five individuals removed all arthropods from 12 separate samples and sorted them into previously designated class or ordinal taxa. Each sample was sorted by a single student. Students were allowed to develop their own approaches to sorting and do it as time permitted. Mean sorting rate per sample was 2.43 arthropods per minute, with a range of 1.42-5.64, while mean sorting rate for a sorting session was 3.41 specimens per minute. Specimen density was only weakly correlated with sort time. Fatigue did not appear to be a major factor in sorting rate, as indicated by the similarity of the linear and quadratic coefficients of determination for each sample.
Bernard, Ernest C. and Long, Pennie J.
"Estimation of Sorting Time for Arthropod Samples Collected with Tullgren Funnels,"
The Great Lakes Entomologist: Vol. 43
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/tgle/vol43/iss1/6