*Department of Botany and Zoology, Chelsea College of Science and Technology, London, S.W.3.
STUDIES ON THE FOOD OF COLLEMBOLA IN A DOUGLAS FIR PLANTATION
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
1959 The Zoological Society of London
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London
Volume 132, Issue 1, pages 71–82, January 1959
How to Cite
POOLE, T. B. (1959), STUDIES ON THE FOOD OF COLLEMBOLA IN A DOUGLAS FIR PLANTATION. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 132: 71–82. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1959.tb05514.x
- Issue published online: 30 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 14th October 1958
An examination of the visible gut contents of Collembola showed that the larger species feed mainly on soil Fungi, whereas the smaller forms appear to feed directly on the humus. There seemed to be no consistent differences in the feeding habits of species of similar size but there was some evidence of seasonal variations in the arnount of Douglas fir litter consumed by Collembola.
Experiments with Tomocerus longicornis indicated that viable soil Fungi pass through the collembolan gut; it is therefore probable that they play an important role in the dispersal of soil Fungi.