Role of various diets on fecundity and longevity of an ecologically important soil Microarthropod-cyphoderus javanus
Bhavya L R, M G Sanalkumar
The purpose of this present study was to determine the influence of different diets on survival and reproductive outputs of soil collembolan Cyphoderus javanus. These experimental organisms were given four types of foods on the basis of their nutritional quality- Baker’s yeast, rotten wood and bark, decaying plant litter and fresh leaves of Artocarpus heterophyllus (Jack tree). Feeding preference is very critical for collembolans survival and adaptation. The results indicated that under laboratory conditions maximum lifespan and fecundity were obtained in organisms fed with food having extreme nutritional quality (Baker’s yeast). Absence of egg deposition and least longevity was observed in females fed with very low nutritional value containing diet (Fresh leaves of Jack tree). Poor food quality leads to lower individual life span and short reproductive period which helps to conclude that the population of Cyphoderus javanus are one of the highly sensitive collembolan species.
Bhavya L R, M G Sanalkumar. Role of various diets on fecundity and longevity of an ecologically important soil Microarthropod-cyphoderus javanus. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 7, Issue 5, 2022, Pages 160-164