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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

Print version ISSN 0101-8175

Rev. Bras. Zool. vol.12 no.4 Curitiba  1995 

Influence of compaction of a forest soil on the soil fauna in a subtropical region. I. Oribatei (Acari, Cryptostigmata) and Collembola (Insecta)



Cláudio T. UshiwataI; Klaus Dieter SautterII; Masato KobiyamaIII

IGraduate Schools of Agriculture. Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. Fuchu-city, Tokyo 183, Japan
IICurso de Pós-graduação em Engenharia Florestal. Universidade Federal do Paraná. Caixa Postal 2959, 80001-970 Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil
IIIDepartamento de Engenharia Sanitária e Ambiental. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Caixa Postal 476, 88040-900 Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brasil




An experiment to observe some changes of composition and population of Oribatei and Collembola was carried out on a Cambicsoil covered with Pinus taeda L. (Pinaceae). This study area is located on the Canguiri Experimental Station Center, Universidade Federal do Paraná, 20km north to Curitiba city, Brazil. The climate of the area is subtropical. The observations resulted in a conclusion that the compaction strongly changes the structure of edaphic mesofauna community as the consequence of the modification of physical properties of soils.

Key words: Oribatei, Collembola, compaction, subtropical region



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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. The autors are grateful to Dr. E. Franklin, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), for critical reading of this manuscript. Mr. L.M.P. Milla is thanked for a statistical analysis.



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Recebido em 01.III.1994; aceito em 04.IV.1996.

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