Life styles of desert litter-dwelling microarthropods: a reappraisal based on the reproductive behavior of Cryptostigmatid mites

TitleLife styles of desert litter-dwelling microarthropods: a reappraisal based on the reproductive behavior of Cryptostigmatid mites
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1984
AuthorsWallwork JA, Kamill B.W, Whitford WG
JournalSuid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Wetenskap
Volume80
Pagination163-169
Date Published1984
Accession NumberJRN00014
Call Number00356
Keywordsarticle, articles, Cryptostigmatid mites, journal, journals, litter, microarthropods, microarthropod,life history, microarthropod,litter, mite, reproduction, mite,Cryptostigmatid, rainfall simulation, microarthropod response
Abstract

Studies in a series of Chihuahuan Desert litter and soil habitats confirmed that reproductive activity was most pronounced following the major rainfall, as in the Mojave Desert. Immediately after the summer rains, evidence was found of considerable breeding activity in more than 60% of the oribatid species studied in the former desert.

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