Senckenberg Research

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lumbricidae enchytraeidae Anatonchus_tridentatus oppiella nova neojordensia_levis collembola Chilopoda_Cryptops parisi ommatoiulus sabulosus (L.,1758) Trachelipus_ratzeburgi
– Diplopoda –
Scientist: pfeil Dr. Karin Voigtländer
Institution:   Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz
Internet: Project staff



Ommatoiulus_sabulosusLike Chilopoda, Diplopoda (millipedes) belong to the myriapod Antennata (Myriapoda). With more than 12,000 known species worldwide, Diplopoda are one of the most important animal groups for soil functions due to their saprophagous way of life.

Glomeris_pustulataEspecially members of the families Julidae and Glomeridae play a crucial role in organic litter metabolism. In soils where earthworms are missing (e.g. sandy soils), Diplopoda can almost completely take over their role as litter decomposers, soil mixers and humus accumulators.

Ommatoiulus_sabulosusDiplopod species partly show narrow preferences for characteristic habitat types and are therefor good indicators for various local soil conditions (e.g. calcium carbonate content).


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