Soil and Litter Community: Nematodes and Microarthropods

  • Clifford S. Crawford


Many small-to-minute invertebrates permanently inhabit desert soil throughout the year. They include protozoans and possibly rotifers as well as enchytraeid worms—taxa we shall have to ignore owing to our nearly total ignorance about them in arid environments. Instead, we shall emphasize the fauna we do know something about, namely the free-living nematodes, a great variety of mostly prostigmatid mites, and the Collembola (Fig. 37).


Predatory Mite Desert Soil Chihuahuan Desert Litter Community Community Role 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clifford S. Crawford
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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