HomeAsian Journal of Biodiversityvol. 4 no. 1 (2013)

Arthropod Community Structure during the Early Stages of Leaf Litter Decomposition

Juveneil Eissyd J. Perez | Aimee Lynn A. Barrion-dupo

Discipline: Bio-Diversity



Arthropods constituting 51 families of 13 orders were collected from leaf litter during the early stages of decomposition. These groups were classified into their respective trophic categories based on mouthpart inference. These categories are as follows: chewing detritivores (15 families) > chewing predators (6 families) > chewing herbivores and sucking herbivores (5 families) > sucking predators (3 families) > chewing parasites and chewing omnivores (2 families). A simplified food web of the arthropods in leaf litter is also presented.

m x 30 m quadrat sampling. All in all, 12 quadrats were laid out. The fungal species within the quadrats along the TLs were identified and recorded. Simpson’s Index was the Diversity indices used as parameters in assessing fungal species in TVPL Talisay. Opportunistic sampling method was also used during the survey. Field sampling of fungi has resulted to the collection and identification of 75 species belonging to 36 genera and 23 families. There is relatively high fungal species diversity in Taal Volcano Protected Landscape, Talisay as compared with those in other ecosystems in the region. This is the first report of fungi present in TVPL.