Receipt date 8.06.2016 | Publication date 24.06.2016
Smolensk State Medical University, 28 Krupskaya street, Smolensk, 214019, Russia
Abstract. The problem of quantifying earthworms is that the size of most part of the soil population is calculated per unit volume and the number of earthworms per unit area. This makes incomparable the results both of quantitative indicators of earthworm population in different soils and the number of worms and other soil invertebrates. This article presents a new approach to the faunistic and quantitative account of earthworms in forest communities. The significance of dead wood in the study of earthworm population is shown in the article. The article also presents the technique of quantitative evaluation of Lumbricidae that live in the soil and in the dead wood per unit volume – 1 m3. Examples of the number of earthworms per unit volume – 1 dm3, provided the actual habitat of earthworms is only in the upper 10-cm layer of soil or per unit volume 100 dm3 – in the case of a low number of earthworms, are considered in the article. In the dark coniferous forests of the Pechora-Ilych and Teberdinsky reserves the most favorable habitats of Lumbricidae were identified, communities with their highest species richness and abundance were identified.
Key words: earthworms, Lumbricidae, technique, dead wood, dark coniferous forests, the volume of soil.
For citation: Geraskina A.P. Problems of quantification and accounting faunal diversity of earthworms in forest communities. Russian Journal of Ecosystem Ecology. 2016;1(2). (In Russ.). Available from: https://doi.org/10.21685/2500-0578-2016-2-4