A survey of the terrestrial Tardigrada of the Vestfold Hills, Antarctica

Research paper by J. D. Miller, P. Hornet, H. Heatwole, W. R. Miller, L. Bridges

Indexed on: 01 Aug '88Published on: 01 Aug '88Published in: Hydrobiologia


A survey of the terrestrial tardigrades inhabiting growths of algae, lichens and mosses in the Vestfold Hills, Antarctica, was carried out at 11 and 35 sites during the austral summers of 1980 and 1982, respectively. In all, 24 species of plants were collected from which four genera and four species of Tardigrada were recovered. A key to the tardigrades of the area is presented. The distribution and associational patterns of the tardigrades are discussed in the context of other studies of antarctic Tardigrada.