This volume examines the impact of burrowing animals on the environment. It covers a wide range of taxa, including ants, beetles, wood-borers, nematodes, fish, rabbits, badgers, and rats, with equal attention to terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Burrowing activities have significant environmental effects, such as increased soil fertility, changes in plant abundance and distribution, increased chemical interchange across the sediment-water interface, and alterations in soil and sediment stability. The scale and importance of animal burrowing are made clearer than ever before by the contributors to this volume, which will be of special interest to ecologists and environmentally oriented zoologists.
Burrows and burrowing animals: an overview; Ant colonies and environmental disturbance; Environmental effects of meiofaunal burrowing; Burrow-nesting among birds and its influence on soil fertility and stability; Effects of burrowing meiofauna on organic matter decomposition in coastal marine sediments; Environmental impact of badgers (Meles meles) and their setts; Interactions in burrowing communities and their effects on the structure of marine benthic
systems; Ground beetles and the soil: their adaptations and environmental effects; Burrows and burrowing behaviour of fish; Geotechnical and geochemical implications of bioturbation in marine sedimentary
ecosystems; Mima-like mounds (heuweltjies) of South Africa; Availability of burrows in relation to dispersal in the wild rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus; Biogenic habitat modification in marine sediments; The burrowing nematode Radopholus similis of banana and its management in Kerala; Environmental impact of wood-borers in mangrove swamps; Environmental impact of subterranean mole rats (Spalax ehrenbergi) and their burrows; Intertidal invaders: burrow design in marine beetles.
Series: Symposia of the Zoological Society of London
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 13th February 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.3
Weight (kg): 0.76