We report the results of three studies, one observational and two manipulative, that examine the settling behavior of isopods in response to soil moisture and other cues. In a census of isopod settling patterns in twenty-five 5 × 10 m plots arranged on a 200 m2 grid, isopods settled more densely in plots with more successful old burrows from the previous season, and in plots with more shrubs. Isopod settling was not correlated with soil moisture at 10 and 30 cm depths. In a manipulative experiment carried out over two years, isopods settled more densely in 3 × 3 m outdoor pens that received 20 mm of supplemental water in February than in unwatered plots. In a second experiment, 50 mm of water was added to open plots, and two densities of artificial holes were added as well. Isopods settled more densely in plots with added water, and settled much more densely in plots with artificial holes. Water did not significantly affect isopod survival or offspring weight. Unmanipulated plots with higher densities of settlers had higher burrow survival.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Israel Journal of Zoology|
|State||Published - 1 Dec 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Animal Science and Zoology