The association of oribatid mites with lichens

  • Oribatei (Acari, Cryptostigmata) are found in a variety of terrestrial habitats, and many are associatcd with lichens; the relationship ranges from casual to highly dependent. Eighty-three species associatcd with lichens have been surveyed, and a tentative classification, based on their ecological requirements, is presented: Group A consists of species restricted to lichens as a biotope, though occasionally occurring as accidenials in other habitats, Group B consists of species which while preferring lichens as a habitat and feeding source are also adapted to existence on other piants (though in some cases their immatures may be lichen-rescricted); Group C consists of species which, though frequently found on lichens, are equally common in other biotopes, particularly mosses, and must be regartled as much more generalized in their feeding habits. Certain aspects of oribatid-lichen specificity are discussed. The importance of orihatid-lichen associations from tihe polnt of view of soil fertility and energetics is empliasized.

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Author:Edmund L. Seyd, Mark R. D. Seaward
Parent Title (English):Zoological journal of the Linnean Society
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2008/02/06
Year of first Publication:1984
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/02/06
Tag:Ecolocy-systematics; association list (Oribatei); oribatid-lichen specificity; soild energetics
Page Number:51
First Page:369
Last Page:420
Signatur: 8 Q 17.273
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Weitere biologische Literatur (eingeschränkter Zugriff)
Licence (German):License LogoArchivex. zur Lesesaalplatznutzung § 52b UrhG