*Department of Zoology, University of Southampton.
THE FOOD AND FEEDING HABITS OF SOME HEATH-DWELLING INVERTEBRATES
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
1960 The Zoological Society of London
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London
Volume 135, Issue 2, pages 303–311, October 1960
How to Cite
DELANY, M. J. (1960), THE FOOD AND FEEDING HABITS OF SOME HEATH-DWELLING INVERTEBRATES. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 135: 303–311. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1960.tb05847.x
- Issue published online: 30 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 9th February 1960
The larger, ground-dwelling invertebrates were collected from a heather moor in Dunbartonshire. The commoner species included Bradycellus ruficollis, Olophrum piceum, Othius angustus, O. punctulatus, Quedius boops, Aleocharina and Neobisium muscorum. After isolation in captivity they were offered various living animals and/or plants as food and records were kept, from March to August 1955, of the species and quantity eaten. The smaller staphylinids favoured the collembola but also ate some mites whilst O. punctulatus fed on the larger invertebrates. Neobisium ate the larger active collembola and Bradycellus fed on Calluna and a few collembola.