|Title||Life styles of desert litter-dwelling microarthropods: a reappraisal based on the reproductive behavior of Cryptostigmatid mites|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1984|
|Authors||Wallwork JA, Kamill B.W, Whitford WG|
|Journal||Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Wetenskap|
|Keywords||article, articles, Cryptostigmatid mites, journal, journals, litter, microarthropods, microarthropod,life history, microarthropod,litter, mite, reproduction, mite,Cryptostigmatid, rainfall simulation, microarthropod response|
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.