Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2010, Vol. 65 ›› Issue (1): 91-102.doi: 10.11821/xb201001010

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A Review on the Eco-geography of Soil Fauna in China

YIN Xiu-qin1; SONG Bo1; 2; DONG Wei-hua1,3; XIN Wei-dong1   

  1. 1.College of Urban and Environmental Sciences; Northeast Normal University; Changchun 130024; China 2.College of Environment and Planning; Henan University; Kaifeng 475004; Henan; China ;
    3.College of Urban and Environmental Sciences; Changchun Normal University; Changchun 130032; China
  • Received:2009-08-09 Revised:2009-10-19 Online:2010-01-25 Published:2010-01-25
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40871120


This review summarizes main research findings in soil fauna eco-geography in China in the past 30 years.The subject areas and main results were overviewed including biodiversity and eco-geography distribution of soil fauna communities.Studies of ecological distributions of soil fauna and dynamics are presented in a wide range from tropical,subtropical to temperate regions,and in categories from forest,grassland,desert,wetland,farmland to urban ecosystems,the responses and indications of soil fauna to soil environments.Effects of intensive disturbance such as fire,grazing,farming,fertilization on soil fauna include sensitive and rare groups(e.g.nematode) and community indexes.The functions of soil fauna were discussed including environmental construction,environment purification,litter decomposition and elements cycles.This paper also involves the interactions between soil fauna and other biota in soil ecosystems and linking between aboveground and belowground diversity and the effects of globe change on soil fauna community in China.

Key words: soil fauna, biodiversity, functional role, eco-geography, China

CLC Number: 

  • S154