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Oribatid mite (Acari:Oribatida) assemblage response to changes in litter depth and habitat type in a beech-maple forest in southwestern Quebec

McGill University
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  • Acariformes -- Ecology -- Québec (Province).
  • Acariformes -- Habitat -- Québec (Province).
  • Forest Litter -- Québec (Province).
  • Forest Biodiversity -- Québec (Province).
  • Morgan Arboretum.
  • Agricultural Science


I investigated oribatid mite assemblages in a beech-maple forest in southwestern Quebec. I first examined the effects of four forest stand types (American Beech (Fagus grandifolia) dominated, Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) dominated, mixed deciduous and coniferous plantations) and three open site types (agricultural field, fallow pasture and unmanaged hay field) in structuring oribatid mite assemblages. My second study focused on the effects of changes in litter depth (a factor that varies by stand type) on the structure of oribatid assemblages.

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