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The spatial distribution of large soil invertebrates on burned areas in xerophilous ecosystems of the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus

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In a Mediterranean shrubland on light brown soils close to Novorossiisk, Russia, the abundance and diversity of soil macrofauna after fires were lower than in the control (53 ± 23 individuals/m2 after 2 years, 95 ± 23 after 7 years, and 219 ± 77 in the control). The distribution became patchier and the patches shrank. Soil macroinvertebrates were correlated with the patches of less-burned litter over the burned plots.

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Original Russian Text © K.B. Gongalsky, 2011, published in Aridnye Ekosistemy, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 4(49), pp. 88–96.

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Gongalsky, K.B. The spatial distribution of large soil invertebrates on burned areas in xerophilous ecosystems of the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus. Arid Ecosyst 1, 260–266 (2011).

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