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Invasive earthworms in a Northern Great Plains prairie fragment

Author:
Henshue, Nicholas, Mordhorst, Charles, Perkins, Lora
Source:
Biological invasions 2018 v.20 no.1 pp. 29-32
ISSN:
1387-3547
Subject:
earthworms, ecological invasion, environmental impact, hardwood forests, moieties, tallgrass prairies, Great Lakes region, Great Plains region
Abstract:
Although ample research exists on the ecological impacts of earthworm invasion in the Great Lakes region and northern hardwood forests, little data is available on the presence, distribution, and impact of earthworms in the prairies of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie. Sampling in a Northern Tallgrass Prairie fragment yielded three species of invasive earthworms occupying three different functional groups: surface and litter dwellers (epigeic), subsurface horizontal burrowers (endogeic), and deep vertical bore inhabitants (anecic). This research note illustrates the presence of non-native and potentially invasive earthworms in Northern Tallgrass Prairie.
Agid:
5888789