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      Diversity and dynamics of microarthropods from different biotopes of Las Sardinas cave (Mexico)

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      Subterranean Biology

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          An ecological study of the microarthropod communities from Las Sardinas cave was undertaken. Four different biotopes were studied over the course of a year: bat guano, litter, soil under the chemoautotrophic bacteria colonies and as a control, plain soil without litter or guano. A total of 27,913 specimens of a total of 169 species were collected. Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) showed that there is a significant effect of biotope on the recorded density, and the post hoc Tukey’s test showed that guano is the most different biotope with the highest value of density recorded. The interaction between season and biotope variables was not significant. In the most extreme case, 99 percent of the microarthropods in soil under chemoautotrophic bacteria were mites, mainly in the family Histiostomidae.

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          Journal
          Subterranean Biology
          SB
          Pensoft Publishers
          1314-2615
          1768-1448
          December 30 2011
          December 30 2011
          : 9
          : 113-126
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          10.3897/subtbiol.9.2514
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