Impact of earthworms on the diversity of microarthropods in a vertisol (Martinique)

  title={Impact of earthworms on the diversity of microarthropods in a vertisol (Martinique)},
  author={Gladys I. Loranger and J. F. Ponge and Eric Blanchart and Patrick Lavelle},
  journal={Biology and Fertility of Soils},
In a study of a 15-year-old pasture in Martinique (French West Indies), abundance and organization of microarthropod communities were correlated with the spatial distribution of the earthworm Polypheretima elongata (Megascolecidae). In patches of high earthworm density (133 individuals m–2), microarthropod density was significantly higher (80000 individuals m–2) than in patches with few earthworms (31 worms m–2 and 49000 microarthropods m– 2). The diversity of microarthropod communities… CONTINUE READING
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