Assimilation of labile carbon and particulate organic matter by tropical endogeic earthworms Pontoscolex corethrurus (Glossoscolecidae, Oligochaeta)

Endogeic earthworms often dominate in biomass in the soil macrofauna of temperate and tropical zones. Representatives of this morphoecological group play a unique role in ecosystems due to their ability to utilize stabilized organic matter from mineral soil horizons, but the mechanisms underlying this ability are still poorly understood. Endogeic earthworms… (More)