Arthropods in decomposing wood of the Atchafalaya River basin

Southeastern Naturalist
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Changes in arthropod populations (numbers of individuals identified to the family level in most cases) were studied during the decomposition of coarse woody debris (CWD) in the Atchafalaya River Basin of Louisiana. The arthropod study was linked with a CWD decomposition study installed after disturbance by Hurricane Andrew. Arthropod numbers were compared between two canopy disturbance classes and between two spatial orientations of CWD (i.e., suspended above- and in contact with the soil). Results during 30 months in the field suggested little influence of canopy disturbance or spatial orientation of CWD on arthropod numbers. Counts were most frequently dominated by Collembola and Acarina and peaked after 18–24 months within larger debris.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Arthropods in decomposing wood of the Atchafalaya River basin
Series title Southeastern Naturalist
DOI 10.1656/1528-7092(2002)001[0339:AIDWOT]2.0.CO;2
Volume 1
Issue 4
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher BioOne
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center
Description 14 p.
First page 339
Last page 352
Country United States
State Louisiana
Other Geospatial Atchafalaya River Basin
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