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Russian Journal of Ecology

, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp 349–355 | Cite as

Long-term Dynamics of Population Parameters of the Aporrectodea caliginosa Earthworm in an Annually Flooded Alder Forests in the Voronezh Nature Reserve

  • V. M. Emets
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Abstract

The 20-year dynamics of Aporrectodea caliginosa spring population parameters—the average density (ind./0.25 m2) and proportion of nonreproductive individuals (among earthworms found in 12 soil samples)— and the 10-year dynamics of their summer and autumn values were studied in an annually flooded alder forest in the Voronezh reserve. Three complete 3-year cycles and one complete 6-year cycle were revealed in the 20-year dynamics of spring population density. The 20-year series of average values of spring population density and proportion of nonreproductive individuals were found to be closely correlated with each other. A close correlation was also revealed between the 10-year series of summer density values and the corresponding dynamic series of summer precipitation.

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earthworm Aporrectodea caliginosa long-term dynamics density reproductive structure alder forest flooding nature reserve 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Voronezh State Nature Biosphere ReserveVoronezhRussia

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