Abundance of microarthropods population in different sites of Midnapore east coast of West Bengal, India

  • Mrinal Kanti Dey Senior Environmentalist, PM CR Dey Memorial Society, West Bengal, India https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7780-5286
  • Ashis Kumar Hazra Zoological Survey of India, New Alipore, Kolkata 700053, India

Abstract

Soil represents one of the most important reservoirs of biodiversity. Soil fauna is an important reservoir of biodiversity and plays an essential role in several soil ecosystem functions; furthermore it is often used to provide soil quality indicators. An ecological study of microarthropods communities from East Midnapore coast, West Bengal, India was undertaken. Four different biotopes were studied over the course of 30 months. A total 44 species of soil microarthropods were studied in details with regard to seasonal population fluctuation, variation in their community structure, relationship with physiochemical parameters of soil, life cycle pattern and their functional role in the ecosystem.

Keywords: Soil microarthropods; Population fluctuation; Diversity

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Dey, M., & Hazra, A. (2021). Abundance of microarthropods population in different sites of Midnapore east coast of West Bengal, India. International Journal of Advancement in Life Sciences Research, 4(3), 13-25. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.31632/ijalsr.2021.v04i03.003