Soil and Litter Community: Nematodes and Microarthropods
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).
KeywordsBiomass Fermentation Peri Leaching Pleistocene
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