The Roles of Terrestrial Saprophagous Arthropods in Forest Soils: Current Status of Concepts

  • D. A. CrossleyJr.
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


Recognition of the importance of soil invertebrates antedates the beginnings of scientific ecology. Darwin’s early work established the importance of earthworms. The classic works of Bornebusch (1930) and Jacot (1940) are touchstones which modern researchers on soil fauna still use to place their own studies into a larger perspective. Even as modern ecology developed its large-ecosystem, holistic viewpoints, the importance of soil arthropods has continued to be accepted (O’Neill, 1971; Chew, 1974).


Leaf Litter Forest Floor Soil Fauna Oribatid Mite Nutrient Flow 
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