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Community structure, trophic position and reproductive mode of soil and bark-living oribatid mites in an alpine grassland ecosystem
It is concluded that sexual reproduction served as preadaptation for oribatid mites allowing them to exploit new habitats and new resources on the bark of trees as well as harsh abiotic conditions are assumed to favor parthenogenesis. Expand
Awesome or ordinary? Global diversity patterns of oribatid mites
The results suggest that for oribatid mites diversity increases from the boreal to the warm temperate region but not further to the tropics, and species-area relationships for islands and mainlands are similar to those of above-ground taxa, but this is mainly caused by very small islands,such as Cocos islands, and very large islands, such as Madagascar. Expand
Two new species of the genus Gymnodamaeus (Acari: Oribatida: Gymnodamaeidae) from Tyrol (Austria), with remarks on diversity and distribution of the known species
The diagnosis of Gymnodamaeus, diversity and distribution of the known species in different biogeographical regions are discussed and two new species of oribatid mites are described from Tyrol (Austria) in the Central Alps. Expand
Nomenclatural and taxonomic problems related to the electronic publication of new nomina and nomenclatural acts in zoology, with brief comments on optical discs and on the situation in botany.
The publication of this amendment provides an opportunity to discuss several of the long-discussed problems concerning the electronic publication of new nomina and nomenclatural acts, and offers recommendations to authors, referees, editors, publishers, libraries and the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature in the hope that such problems can be limited along with the potential chaos in zoological nomenClature. Expand
Distribution and diversity of the soil mites of Svalbard, with redescriptions of three known species (Acari: Oribatida)
The patterns of taxonomic diversity and geographical distribution reveal that although the majority of the species are cryophilous, there are only few species that are geographically restricted to Svalbard and adjacent regions. Expand
Global diversity of oribatids (Oribatida: Acari: Arachnida)
A aquatic oribatid mites can be very abundant in different freshwater habitats as in lentic (pools, lakes, water-filled microhabitats) or flowing waters (springs, rivers, streams), mainly on submerged plants. Expand
Catalogue of known species of Acari from the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador, Pacific ocean)
A catalogue of Acari known from the Galapagos Islands is presented and only 89 species and subspecies belonging to 14 families have been reported until now are presented. Expand
Decomposition and colonization by micro-arthropods of two litter types in a tropical montane rain forest in southern Ecuador
The decomposition of litter of two tree species Graffenrieda emarginata, Purdiaea nutans and the mixture of both was investigated in a tropical montane rain forest in southern Ecuador at two different altitudes suggesting higher biotic activity at lower altitudes. Expand
Review Oribatid mites of the Galápagos Islands – faunistics, ecology and speciation
  • H. Schatz
  • Biology
  • Experimental & Applied Acarology
  • 1 July 1998
The distribution of endemic forms in the genera Aeroppia, Scapheremaeus, Scheloribates and Cultrobates indicates both speciation on different islands, as well as speciating on the same island by occupying different habitats. Expand
The invertebrate fauna of anthropogenic soils in the High-Arctic settlement of Barentsburg, Svalbard
Despite the enriched organic soils and highly ameliorated winter temperature conditions, the soil invertebrate fauna biodiversity does not appear to be enhanced beyond the presence of certain probably introduced species. Expand