Biology Bulletin

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 498–506 | Cite as

Soil microarthropods and macrofauna in monsoon tropical forests of Cat Tien and Bi Dup-Nui Ba National Parks, southern Vietnam

  • A. E. Anichkin
  • N. V. Belyaeva
  • I. G. Dovgobrod
  • Yu. B. Shveenkova
  • A. V. Tiunov


The abundance, biomass, vertical distribution, and taxonomic composition of soil invertebrates (springtails, macrofauna, and termites) were studied in forest formations differing in edaphic and climatic conditions: lowland forests dominated by Lagerstroemia spp. or Dipterocarpus spp. in the Cat Tien National Park and in a mountain pine (Pinus kesiya) forest on the Da Lat Plateau, southern Vietnam. In the lowland forests, springtails had a relatively low density (10000–12000 ind./m2), but their diversity was high (41–43 species in each forest). The density of large soil invertebrates (without ants and termites) reached 500–700 ind./m2 at a biomass of approximately 30 g/m2 (with earthworms accounting for up to 230 ind./m2 and 19–28 g/m2). Among termites, species of the genera Macrotermes and Odontotermes were dominant. Their total biomass in some areas exceeded 15–20 g/m2. In the mountain pine forest, the total biomass of soil macrofauna was approximately 11 g/m2, the abundance and diversity of springtails were low (7500 ind./m2, 28 species), and wood-destroying species of the genera Schedorhinotermes sp. and Coptotermes sp. dominated among termites.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. E. Anichkin
    • 1
  • N. V. Belyaeva
    • 2
  • I. G. Dovgobrod
    • 2
  • Yu. B. Shveenkova
    • 3
  • A. V. Tiunov
    • 4
  1. 1.Joint Russian-Vietnamese Research and Technological CenterHo Chi Minh CityVietnam
  2. 2.Biological FacultyMoscow State UniversityVorob’evy gory, MoscowRussia
  3. 3.Privolzhskaya Lesostep’ State Nature ReservePenzaRussia
  4. 4.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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