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Scope Of Insect Ecology

Research on insects and associated arthropods (e.g., spiders, mites, centipedes, millipedes, crustaceans) has been critical to development of the fundamental principles of ecology, such as evolution of social organization (Haldane 1932, Hamilton 1964, E. Wilson 1973) population dynamics (Coulson 1979, Morris 1969, Nicholson 1958,Varley and Gradwell 1970,Varley et al. 1973,Wellington et al. 1975) competition (Park 1948, 1954) predator-prey interaction (Nicholson and Bailey 1935) mutualism (Batra 1966, Bronstein 1998, Janzen 1966, Morgan 1968, Rickson 1971, 1977) island biogeography (Darlington 1943, MacArthur and Wilson 1967, Simberloff 1969, 1978) metapopulation ecology (Hanski 1989) and regulation of ecosystem processes, such as primary productivity, nutrient cycling, and succession (Mattson and Addy 1975, J. Moore et al. 1988, Schowalter 1981, Seastedt 1984). Insects and other arthropods are small and

Ciliates phylum Ciliophora

With ectosymbiont bacteria, such as the sulphur bacteria on Kentrophoros. An extensive treatment of these intertidal species is provided in Dragesco (1960). The hypotrich subclass Stichotrichia contains many soil species, particularly in the family Oxytrichidae. Most are bacterivorous or cytotrophic on small protists, and many have a range of prey choice. Several species are known to change cell length and dimensions dramatically with changing resources, as well as changing preferred prey. Certain families across ciliates may appear in anaerobic water-saturated soil, such as species in the orders Armophorida and Odontostomatida. The class Litostomatea contains cytotrophic and predacious species which may be encountered occasionally. In surface litter during wet periods, Vorticellidae (Peritrichia) may occur in abundance. They are stalked ciliates that feed on bacteria by filter feeding. Gut endosymbionts of invertebrate saprotrophs (centipedes, millipedes, insects and oligochaetes)...

Trophic Loops and Intraguild Predation

Polis (1991b) and Reagan et al. (1996) reported the occurrence of a substantial number of loops, especially involving arthropods. In most cases, each species in the loop preys on juveniles of the other species. For example, in a tropical forest in Puerto Rico, adult centipedes prey on young frogs, whereas adult frogs prey on young centipedes. Polis (1991b) reported that several species of desert ants regularly prey on each other. Other predators constituted 9 of the overall diet of the aquatic heteropteran, Notonecta hoffmanni, studied by Fox (1975b). Longer loops involving up to four species have been observed (Reagan et al. 1996). Reagan et al. (1996) found that 35 of 19,800 observed chains (corrected to exclude loops) include at least one species involved in at least one loop.

Physiological Ecology Of Soil Organisms

Bivorous microfauna (flagellates and amoebae) or microbivorous meso-fauna (feeding on fungi) and, in turn, to omnivorous or predaceous nematodes, and on to nematode feeding mites and predaceous mites. Further predation upon the mites by ants (E. O. Wilson, personal communication) or lithobiomorph Chilopods (centipedes) is possible, although not explicitly represented by Hunt et al. (1987). There are at least eight links in the bacterial-based detrital food chain, with considerable evidence of omnivory. For example, many fungivorous mites require a nematode supplement to complete their life cycles (Walter et al., 1991). Note that Figure 6.2 is a rather ecosystem-specific diagram. One could draw another for decomposition in a coniferous or oak beech forest, with a significant proportion of the total decomposition being mediated by ectotrophic mycorrhizae, operating perhaps in competition with the saprophytic fungi (Gadgil and Gadgil, 1975).

Future Research Prospects

It is becoming more and more imperative to bring small working groups, or teams of investigators, together to make further progress in food web studies. The real breakthroughs are certain to come from efforts that include the more transitional fauna between above- and belowground such as ants, dipteran larvae, and ground beetles, or cryp-tozoans such as the isopods, centipedes, and millipedes, linking them to the truly belowground fauna and microbes.

Box 74 Mosses and liverworts on rotting wood

Heliovarra and Vaisanen (1984) recognized four phases of insect succession on fallen wood in temperate forests. Phase A starts with short-term feeding on bark by bark beetles and longhorned beetles (Scolytidae, Cerambycidae). Phase B is composed of species living under the bark and in the surface layer of the wood. By this time the bark has fallen and Phase C follows, a long stage of several decades of wood-inhabiting species. In the final and longest Phase D, the wood-inhabiting species are replaced by animals living under the shelter of decaying logs, such as soil insects, snails and centipedes. During this stage other animals like frogs, salamanders (see Box 7.5) and snakes burrow under the log and moles and shrews tunnel in and around the log foraging for their prey. Finally the stem breaks up and merges into the soil organic matter. Burrowing insects, especially termites and the larvae oflarge beetles, can make sizeable channels into the wood and contribute greatly to...

Case Study Hawaii Food

The main energy sources in Hawaiian lava tube ecosystems are tree roots, which penetrate the lava for several decameters organic matter, which washes in with percolating rainwater and accidentals, which are surface and soil animals blundering into the cave. Both living and dead roots are utilized, and this source is probably the most important. Furthermore, both rainwater and accidentals often use the same channels as roots to enter caves, so that root patches often provide food for a wide diversity of cave organisms. The importance of roots in the cave ecosystem makes it desirable to identify the major species. This has become possible only recently by using DNA-sequencing technology. The most important source of roots is supplied by the native pioneer tree on young lava flows Metrosiderospolymorphs Cocculus orbiculatus, Dodonaea viscosa, and Capparis are locally important in drier habitats. Several different slimes and oozes occur on wet surfaces and are utilized by scavengers in...

Nematode Extraction Techniques

Soil Fecal Pellets Fauna

Large numbers of the microarthropod group (mainly mites and collembolans) are found in most types of soils. A square meter of forest floor may contain hundreds of thousands of individuals representing thousands of species. Microarthropods have a significant impact on the decomposition processes in the forest floor and are important reservoirs of biodiversity in forest ecosystems. Many microarthropods feed on fungi and nematodes, thereby linking the microfauna and microbes with the meso-fauna. Microarthropods in turn are prey for macroarthropods, such as spiders, beetles, ants, and centipedes, thus bridging a connection to the macrofauna.


Tinct phyla - the Chelicerata (spiders, scorpions, mites, ticks, harvestmen or daddylonglegs, and horseshoe crabs), in which the anterior (front) pair of appendages (chelicerae) are clawed, and which have no mandibles or antennae the Mandibulata, (insects, millipedes, and centipedes), whose bodies are divided into distinct head, thorax, and abdomen, and which have mandibles and the Crustacea, which have two pairs of antennae on the head.

Cave Communities

In the deeper netherworld, communities of mysterious, obligate cave animals occur. Most are invertebrates, but a few fishes and salamanders have colonized the aquatic realm. Crustaceans (shrimps and their allies) dominate in aquatic ecosystems, and insects and spiders dominate terrestrial systems. Although a few species are specialists on living plant roots or other specific resources, most are generalist predators or scavengers. The relatively high percentage of predators indicates the importance of accidentals as a food resource. However, many presumed predatory species, such as spiders, centipedes, and ground beetles, will also scavenge on dead animals when available. It is not advantageous to have finicky tastes where food is difficult to find. Thus, the food chain, which

Animalbased Food

Many cockroaches are equipped for predation they are agile, are aggressive in other contexts, have powerful mandibles, and possess spined forelegs to help secure prey. The recorded victims of cockroaches include ants, parasitic wasps, Polistes larvae, centipedes, dermestids, aphids, leafhoppers, mites, and insect eggs (Roth and Willis, 1960). Both B. vaga and B. asahinai eat aphids and are considered generalist predators (Flock, 1941 Persad and Hoy, 2004). Periplaneta americana has been observed both catching and eating blowflies in a laboratory setting (Cooke, 1968), and pursuing and capturing termite de-alates in and around dwellings. They pounced on termites from a distance of 5 cm, and followed them into crevices in the floor (Annandale, 1910 Bowden and Phipps, 1967). Cockroaches that feed on guano, leaf litter, or epi-phylls also ingest the invertebrate microfauna that inhabit their primary food source (WJB, pers. obs). Dead invertebrates are scavenged by Blattella karnyi (Roth...


Microarthropods also form an important set of linkages in food webs. Many microarthropods feed on fungi and nematodes, thereby linking the microfauna and microbes with the mesofauna. Microarthropods in turn are prey for macroarthropods such as spiders, beetles, ants, and centipedes, thus bridging a connection to the macrofauna. Even some of the smaller megafauna (toads, salamanders) feed upon microarthro-pods. We emphasize, again, the need to study soil as an ecosystem. Analysis of one part of the food web, the microarthropods for example, falls short if other components are ignored.

The Macrofauna

Larger insects, spiders, myriapods, and others are considered together under the appellation macroarthropods. Typical body lengths range from about 10mm to as much as 15 cm (Scolopendromorph centipedes) (Shelley, 2002). The group includes an artificial mix of various arthropod classes, orders, and families. Like the microarthropods, the macroarthropods are defined more by the methods used to sample them rather than by measurements of body size.

Wildlife In A City

There are a lot animals and birds in a busy city centre. During the daytime most animals hide and avoid human beings. Birds can be seen and heard every where sparrows, pigeons. There are nocturnal animals which can move around in a darkness and are well adapted to night time woodlice, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, rats.


At high altitudes, plants attract thousands of insects. Such insects include bristletails, flies, butterflies, and many species of beetles (such as the ladybug and stag beetle). At the same time, many birds feed on the insects. Other invertebrates (such as centipedes, spiders, and earwigs) hide beneath rocks as they seek spores from lichens and mosses.


Above-ground factors can have a large influence on the soil fauna. Wardle et al. (2001) looked at the effect of introduced browsing animals, including deer and goats in New Zealand (there are no natural large forest-dwelling herbivores there) on above- and below-ground flora and fauna using a series of exclosures. These browsing animals not surprisingly reduced the overall vegetation density and the number of palatable broadleaved species, and promoted other less palatable types and hence lower quality litter. Below-ground, the microbes and nematodes were largely unaffected but the larger animals, such as collembola, mites and snails were reduced in browsing areas with consequent (though variable) negative effects on decomposition. Dead wood lying on the soil has also been seen to influence the larger soil fauna (Spears et al., 2003) Jabin et al. (2004) found that dead wood had a positive influence on the numbers of beetles, spiders, millipedes and centipedes in a 120-year-old...

Other Roles

The burrows of M. rhinoceros harbor a complex of other cockroaches (Calo-lampra spp., among others), beetles,silverfish, centipedes, frogs, and moths (Park, 1990 Rugg and Rose, 1991). One scarab (Dasygnathus blattocomes) has been collected nowhere else (Carne, 1978). Salamanders, centipedes, ground beetles, and springtails are frequently found in the galleries of C. punctulatus (Cleveland et al., 1934 CAN, un-publ.).

Prey And Predator

Prey Running Away From Predator

One habitat might contain hundreds or even thousands of species. Look at the rotting log habitat shown in Figure 16. A rotting log in a forest can be home to many species of insects, including termites that eat decaying wood and ants that feed on the termites. Other species that live on or under the rotting log include millipedes, centipedes, spiders, and worms. You might think that competition for resources would make it impossible for so many species to live in the same habitat. However, each species has different requirements for its survival. As a result, each species has its own niche (NICH). An organism's niche is its role in its environment how it obtains food and shelter, finds a mate, cares for its young, and avoids danger.

Arthropods Marine

Of all described arthropods on the planet, only a small percentage, perhaps 3 to 5 percent, are adapted to an exclusively marine life. This includes the majority of Crustacea (approximately 50,000 species) all of the Pycnogonida, or sea spiders (with more than 1,000 species), and Xiphosura, or horseshoe crabs (4 species) and a few Arachnida (approximately 1,000 species). The Insecta, with more than 1.1 million described species, are extremely poorly represented in the marine environment, with only a few hundred species in the intertidal zones and near-shore environments, and a mere five species of water-striders (Halobates) and perhaps a few midges (Diptera) being found on the open ocean. The myriapods (millipedes, centipedes, and so forth) have no marine representatives. In keeping with the fact that the oceans constitute a semi-continuous worldwide habitat, almost all the marine arthropod higher taxa (except the horseshoe crabs) today have an essentially worldwide distribution, at...


Arthropods (jointed legs) include the spiders, centipedes, millipedes, insects, and crustaceans. They represent an evolutionary advance that allowed them to form the greatest diversity and number of species of all the phyla, about 1 million species known. The advance was the development of a jointed exoskeleton made of chitin, a nitrogenous poly-saccharide, bound with protein. In crustaceans the exoskeleton also contains calcium salts for added strength. Other innovations with this phylum are increased specialization of the body segments locomotion via muscles in external appendages improved sensory capabilities more efficient respiratory organs, which enables high activity rates and even flight and even the development of social organization. Chilopoda (centipedes) Diplopoda (millipedes) flies (order Diptera) have only one pair, and female ants and termites have wings only at certain times. Lice and fleas have no wings. The head of an insect usually has two large compound eyes and...


Larger insects, spiders, myriapods, and others are considered together under the appellation macroarthropods. Typical body lengths range from about 10 mm to as much as 15 cm for centipedes (Shelley, 2002). The group includes a mixture of various arthropod classes, orders, and families. Like the microarthropods, the macroarthropods are defined more by the methods used to sample them rather than by measurements of body size. Large soil cores (10-cm diameter or greater) may be appropriate for euedaphic (dwelling within the soil) species. Arthropods can be recovered from them using flotation techniques (Edwards, 1991). Hand sorting of soils and litter is more time consuming, but yields better estimates of population size. In rare instances, capture-mark-recapture methods have been used to estimate population sizes of selected macroarthropod species, but the assumptions for this procedure are violated more often than not (Southwood, 1978). Pitfall traps have been widely used to sample...