Ecology of Chondromorpha kelaarti (Diplopoda, Polydesmida)
Article first published online: 23 MAR 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 219, Issue 2, pages 209–219, October 1989
How to Cite
Bhakat, S. (1989), Ecology of Chondromorpha kelaarti (Diplopoda, Polydesmida). Journal of Zoology, 219: 209–219. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1989.tb02577.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 23 MAR 2009
- Accepted 13 December 1988
Stadia 11-VII and adults of Chondromorpha kelaarti (Humbert) can be separated by segment number, length, breadth and paired legs. Sexes are distinguished from stadium IV and the sex ratio vaned around SO%, though females were prevalent in May and June.
In females, a positive and significant correlation was found between number ofeggs present and body width at the 17th Segment.
Population density and biomass of C. kelaarti varied from 0.06 to 12.94 and 1.75 mg to 811.24 mg per 0.1 mz, respectively. From May to November, populations of C. kelaartiare aggregated in distribution.
Chondronrorphu keluurti passed the dry season in late stadia (VI, VII and adult) and may complete the life cycle in one or two years.