Meiobiota Associated with Funaria hygrometrica Hedw. Collected from Pathanamthitta district of Kerala

Alen Alex Philip, Salvy Thomas

Abstract


Mats of Funaria hygrometrica Hedw. represent an important natural habitat for different species of meiobiota which live, feed, hunt and lay their eggs there. The moss provides a suitable microclimate and is holds large amount of water. The present study focussed on identifying the major groups of meiobiota that occurred in association with Funaria hygrometrica Hedw. and to find out the stable population. Sixteen microorganisms were recorded from the collected moss samples and were identified to the genus level. The most abundant groups of organisms were protozoa . Cyanobacteria. and Rotifers were also present in the habitat. Among the organisms recorded, 6 species constitute the stable population association. The genera exhibited stable association were Oscillatoria (Cyanobcteria), Aspidisca, Chilodonella, Holosticha (Protozoa), Habrotrocha, Philodina (Rotifer) Among the stable populations, the moss and cyanobacteria constituted the primary producer level and the protozoans and rotifers constituted the primary consumer levels.

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