The influence of acclimation and soil moisture on the temperature preference of Eisenia rosea (Lumbricidae)

  • A. J. Reinecke
Part of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences book series (TPCI)


Earthworms are capable of vertical migration in the soil which is frequently the result of temperature difference in the soil (Satchell, 1967). Most soil-dwelling invertebrates exhibit a preference temperature (Wallwork, 1960; Madge, 1969; Edwards, 1961) but live and reproduce at other temperatures, depending upon the availability of soil moisture.


Soil Moisture Temperature Gradient Soil Moisture Content Oribatid Mite Preference Temperature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Reinecke
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyPotchefstroom UniversityPotchefstroomSouth Africa

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