, Volume 558, Issue 1, pp 129–132 | Cite as

Interspecific Association and Substrate Specificity in Tardigrades from Florida, Southeastern United States

  • Harry A. Meyer
Short Research Note


The distribution of terrestrial tardigrades in the Gulf Coast states of the United States is poorly known. Only one species has been reported in Florida. In this study moss, liverwort, lichen and fern samples (47 identified species) from trees and shrubs were collected from all 67 Florida counties. These samples contained 20 species of tardigrade. All possible pairs of tardigrade species and tardigrade and substrate were tested for interspecific association. Only three significant negative and one positive interspecific association between tardigrades were detected. Evidence for substrate specificity was weak. Although some tardigrade species were significantly associated with mosses or foliose lichens in general, no significant association between a tardigrade species and a substrate species was detected.


interspecific association substrate specificity North America Gulf Coast 


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  1. 1.Department of Biological and Environmental SciencesMcNeese State UniversityLake CharlesUSA

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