Proceedings of the Zoological Society

, Volume 66, Issue 2, pp 105–118

Earthworm Communities in the Pineapple (Ananus comosus) and Mixed Fruit Plantations of West Tripura, India

Research Article

Abstract

Present studies on the community characteristics of earthworms revealed the occurrence of 11 species of earthworms in the pineapple (Ananus comosus) and 14 species in the mixed fruit plantations of west Tripura (India). While 9 species of earthworms namely Drawida assamensis, Drawida papillifer papillifer, Drawida nepalensis, Kanchuria sp., Metaphire houlleti, Eutyphoeus gigas, Eutyphoeus scutarius, Eutyphoeus comillahnus and Pontoscolex corethrurus are of common occurrence to both the pineapple and the mixed fruit plantations, two and five earthworm species namely Kanchuria sumerianus, Eutyphoeus sp. and Metaphire posthuma, Perionyx excavatus, Lampito mauritii, Amynthus alexandri, Eutyphoeus gammiei are restricted to the pineapple and the mixed fruit plantations respectively. Earthworms were found mostly within 15 cm depth of soils having temperature 25–25.8 °C, moisture 18.8–22.4 %, water holding capacity 26–31.7 % and organic matter content 2.4–4.0 %. Mean earthworm densities (158 ind. m−2) was significantly higher (p < 0.01, t = 9.67) and biomass (36.67 g m−2) significantly lower (p < 0.01, t = −5.98) in the pineapple plantation than the mixed fruit plantation (density 93 ind. m−2, biomass 56 g m−2). High density value of earthworms in pineapple plantation is linked with dominance of D. assamensis and high biomass value in mixed fruit plantation was due to the higher relative abundance of larger species like E. gigas, E. scutarius, E. comillahnus and E. gammiei. Compared to the mixed fruit plantation, significantly (p < 0.05) higher index of dominance, lower index of diversity, species richness index and species evenness were recorded in the pineapple plantation.

Keywords

Earthworm community Pineapple plantation Biodiversity Dominance Species richness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyTripura University (A Central University)SuryamaninagarIndia
  2. 2.College TillaAgartalaIndia

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