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Seasonal fluctuation of oribatid mite communities in forest microhabitats

Wehner, Katja ; Heethoff, Michael ; Brückner, Adrian (2018)
Seasonal fluctuation of oribatid mite communities in forest microhabitats.
In: PeerJ, 2018, (6)
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Type of entry: Secondary publication
Title: Seasonal fluctuation of oribatid mite communities in forest microhabitats
Language: English
Date: 2018
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Year of primary publication: 2018
Publisher: PeerJ
Journal or Publication Title: PeerJ
Issue Number: 6
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Origin: Secondary publication via sponsored Golden Open Access

Oribatid mites are abundant and diverse decomposers in almost all terrestrial microhabitats, especially in temperate forests. Although their functional importance in the decomposition system in these forests has been investigated, spatio-temporal patterns of oribatid mite communities inhabiting different microhabitats have largely been neglected. Therefore, we (i) investigated seasonal fluctuation (monthly over one year) in oribatid-mite community structure and specificity to three microhabitats (moss, dead wood and litter) and (ii) analyzed the influence of air temperature and overall air humidity on seasonal community changes. In total, 57,398 adult oribatid mite individuals were collected. Total abundance, species richness and diversity differed among microhabitats. Seasonal changes were most pronounced in moss and least in litter. While overall air humidity had no influence on species distribution and community changes, air temperature positively influenced species richness and diversity, again most pronounced in moss. The calculated environmental temperature occurrence niche showed that 35% of adult oribatid mite species occurred at higher air temperatures. Furthermore, interaction/bipartite networks were more generalized - i.e., species were more equally distributed among moss, dead wood and litter - when ambient air temperatures were higher. This pattern is probably due to the dispersal ability of adult oribatid mites, i.e., species enter a dispersal mode only at higher air temperatures.

URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-74757
Classification DDC: 500 Science and mathematics > 570 Life sciences, biology
Divisions: 10 Department of Biology
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2018 12:50
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2022 09:02
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/7475
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