Soil mites communities (Acari: Oribatida, Mesostigmata) in Kokorycz Natural Reserve (South Western Poland) – a case study

Anna Wierzbicka, Grzegorz Rączka, Cezary K. Urbanowski, Magdalena Cembala, Jędrzej Pańka, Jacek Kamczyc

Abstract


Soil fauna is an important reservoir of biodiversity in forest ecosystems and plays an essential role in these ecosystems. The relationship between soil fauna groups from different trophic levels reflects well the conditions of the ecosystem, which is crucial especially for protected areas such as nature reserves. The aim of the study was to examine for the first time the soil mite (Oribatida and Mesostigmata) community (e.g. abundance, richness, and diversity) in the soil of the Kokorycz Nature Reserve located in the Lower Silesia Region. In 2012, a total of 50 soil samples were collected using a soil corer (10 cm2) in flood plain forest (40-120 y.o.),
dominated by common oak and ash. Overall, 125 species (84 moss mites and 41 predators) were recorded in our study. The most abundant Oribatida were Conchogneta willmanni, Lauroppia fallax, Oppiella (O.) nova, and Rhinoppia subpectinata. Interestingly, ten oribatid species were recorded from the Lower Silesia Region for the first time. Among Mesostigmata, the most common were Oodinychus ovalis, Paragamasus runcatellus, Paragamasus vagabundus, and Rhodacarus coronatus. Our study reported high soil fauna species diversity of this reserve and noted that the community is dominated by species typical for mature deciduous forests.

Keywords


soil fauna, moss mites, mesostigmatid mites, soil biodiversity

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