Crustaceana 85 (12-13) 1499-1511 CHARACTERIZING PREVALENCE AND ECOLOGICAL IMPACT OF NON-NATIVE TERRESTRIAL ISOPODS (ISOPODA, ONISCIDEA) IN TALLGRASS PRAIRIE BY CAITLIN SINGER 1,4 ) , NORA M. BELLO 2 ) and BRUCE A. SNYDER 3 ) 1 ) Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, U.S.A. 2 ) Department of Statistics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.A. 3 ) Division of Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.A. ABSTRACT Isopods are terrestrial crustaceans whose role and impact in the tallgrass prairie ecosystem remains little explored despite being rather prevalent non-native inhabitants. To better understand this role, we conducted two related studies. The first was a rapid survey of isopods in experimental treatments at Konza Prairie LTER site to investigate the diversity and relative abundance of isopod species present. Of the four species known in Kansas thus far, all non-native, Armadillidium vulgare (Latreille, 1804) was the most abundantly found, accounting for 93% of individuals found. Armadillidium nasatum Budde-Lund, 1885, Cylisticus convexus (De Geer, 1778) and Porcellionides pruinosus (Brandt, 1833) were also found and we report the first record of Porcellio laevis Latreille, 1804 in the State of Kansas. Survey results showed no evidence for a relationship between isopod abundance and fire frequency
Crustaceana – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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