Save

Nematodes in caves: a historical perspective on their occurrence, distribution and ecological relevance

In: Nematology
Authors:
Gerhard Du Preez 1Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa

Search for other papers by Gerhard Du Preez in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Nabil Majdi 2Department of Animal Ecology, Bielefeld University, Konsequenz 45, D-33615 Bielefeld, Germany

Search for other papers by Nabil Majdi in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Antoinette Swart 3Biosystematics, Agricultural Research Council – Plant Protection Research Institute (ARC-PPRI), Roodeplaat, Private Bag X134, Queenswood 0121, South Africa

Search for other papers by Antoinette Swart in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Walter Traunspurger 2Department of Animal Ecology, Bielefeld University, Konsequenz 45, D-33615 Bielefeld, Germany

Search for other papers by Walter Traunspurger in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
, and
Hendrika Fourie 1Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, Private Bag X6001, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa

Search for other papers by Hendrika Fourie in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Download Citation Get Permissions

Access options

Get access to the full article by using one of the access options below.

Institutional Login

Log in with Open Athens, Shibboleth, or your institutional credentials

Login via Institution

Purchase

Buy instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):

$40.00

Caves and cave-dwelling biota have fascinated scientists for centuries. Nevertheless, there is a considerable lack of information on subterranean realms and the ecosystems they host. Nematoda, for example, is a group of invertebrates that plays an important role in the functioning of epigean ecosystems, but whether or not the same is true for subterranean ecosystems remains unknown. For this reason it was decided to conduct an in-depth review of all reports related to cave-dwelling nematodes in order to provide a sound basis for future studies. A literature survey of 41 scientific works from over the last 138 years revealed 295 unique taxa reported from 78 different cave systems. The historical trends in cave nematology, peculiar findings from important studies and an ecological classification system are discussed. Lastly, the trophic distribution of the reported taxa is presented, whilst nematodes from other (non-cave) subterranean environments are also considered.

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 981 178 17
Full Text Views 297 21 1
PDF Views & Downloads 70 13 2