Journal Article

Diversity and dynamics of microarthropods from different biotopes of Las Sardinas cave (Mexico)

Palacios-Vargas, J.G., Castano-Meneses, G. and Estrada, D.A.

Record Number:
4333
Year:
2011
Journal:
Subterranean Biology
Pages:
113126
Volume:
9
Abstract:
An ecological study of the microarthropod communities from Las Sardinas cave was undertaken. Four different biotopes were studied over the course of a year: bat guano, litter, soil under the chemoautotrophic bacteria colonies and as a control, plain soil without litter or guano. A total of 27,913 specimens of a total of 169 species were collected. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) showed that there is a significant effect of biotope on the recorded density, and the post hoc Tukey’s test showed that guano is the most different biotope with the highest value of density recorded. The interaction between season and biotope variables was not significant. In the most extreme case, 99 percent of the microarthropods in soil under chemoautotrophic bacteria were mites, mainly in the family Histiostomidae.
Times Cited:
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