The enigma of soil animal species diversity

  • J. M. Anderson
Part of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences book series (TPCI)


Temperate “decomposer” communities show their highest levels of development in highly organic, woodland soils where up to a thousand species of soil animals, including several hundred species of microarthropods, may be present in populations exceeding one to two millions per square metre. Investigations of the trophic interrelationships of these communities have proved one of the most intractable ecological problems.


Leaf Litter Oribatid Mite Soil Animal Gamasid Mite Woodland Soil 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. M. Anderson
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyAnimal Ecology Research GroupOxfordUK

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