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Collembola in Central Amazon inundation forests - strategies for surviving floods.

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Gauer,  Ulrich
Working Group Tropical Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Gauer, U. (1997). Collembola in Central Amazon inundation forests - strategies for surviving floods. Proceedings of IX International Colloquium on Apterygota, Dublin 1996, 69-73.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-E23B-B
Abstract
The soil of Central Amazonian inundation forests is subject to periodic flooding, which can reach a height of 4-5 metres and last up to seven months. Even after inundation, Collembola appear in high densities in the drying forest floor, Two strategies for recolonization were proven: mass-migration and survival through the production of flood-tolerant eggs. The ability to migrate is considered to be a general adaptation to the conditions in habitats in tropical forests. Flood-tolerant eggs could be an adaptation to the conditions of the inundation forests.