ECOLOGICA L CATEGORY OF EARTHWORMS OF THE WESTERN GHATSP.KATHIRESWARI AND R. JEYARAAJ
The Western Ghats is home for rich diversity of flora and fauna and is recognized as one of the 25 biodiversity 'hot spots' of the world. Our study area, the Coimbatore forest division of the Western Ghats has complex topography, high rainfall and warm humid tropical climate for habitat of 3 main ecological categories of 13 epigeic, 5 anecic and 20 endogeics earthworms. Based on the functional approach its again sub categorized into Epigeic, Epi-anecic, Aneic, Endo polyhumic, Endo mesohumic, Endo-anecic and Endo oligohumic which have different effects on soil function.
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