, acari and nematodes) and the dynamics of soil chemistry should be examined and monitored for better understanding of the geoecology of carcass decomposition.
have strong associations with mosses and lichens and are sensitive to changes in moisture and climate (Babenko, 2000).
Even the peculiar behavior known as "jigging", described as rhythmic rocking behavior displayed by Cyphomyrmex and Myrmicocrypta ants (Formicidae: Myrmicinae), has been attributed to driving away the collembolans
from fungus gardens (Kweskin 2004).
were identified to three families from three orders: individuals from Poduromorpha (Hypogastruridae) were (he least common, and members from Symphypleona (Sminlhuridae: globular springtails) and Entomobryomorpha (Isotomidae: smooth springtails) were more common and had similar abundances and frequencies.
Short-term effects have also been reported on avoidance behaviour and survival of earthworms (Eisenia fetida, Aporrectodea caliginosa), collembolans
(Folsomia candida) and enchytraeids (Enchytraeus crypticus) as well as on earthworm weight loss and abundance of ant communities, at biochar application rates of 0-14% (w/w) (Liesch et al.
Similar results were reported by Penny (1966), who found spiders, collembolans
, small flies, mites and worms in the digestive tract of Nebria brevicollis Fabricius.
Kaneko N (2008) Collembolans
feeding on soil affect carbon and nitrogen mineralization by their influence on microbial and nematode activities.
Additionally, the presence of other arthropods such as mites, spiders, collembolans
and psocoptherans, whose origin is unknown, could affect the scorpions.
Pitfall traps are also usually employed in caves (with or without bait), but this method should be used with caution since it can impact the whole terrestrial fauna, oversampling some taxonomic groups, such as collembolans
, orthopterans and cockroaches (SHARRATT et al., 2000).
Animals, especially micro-arthropods, become abundant when pore- or channel-containing unconsolidated sediments transform to habitats, Collembolans
are known from the early stages of primary succession [27-29].
In the present study by utilizing the sampling diversity data of three microarthropod taxonomic groups (oribatids collembolans
and mesostigmatids) my objectives are to test and compare five alternative statistical models for fitting empirical microarthropod SAD curves including neutral Zipf broken stick niche preemption and geometric models.
Among dendrobatid frogs, small individuals often consume primarily mites and collembolans
, whereas ants are preferred by larger individuals (Biavati et al 2004).