IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
B. Bini, M.G. Sanal Kumar, P.Vinod
The diversity of soil arthropod fauna inhabiting in rubber plantations at Central Travancore area of South Kerala regions were studied. The soil arthropods were collected during the year 2014. Soil samples were periodically and regularly collected from 10 different sites of rubber plantation. At each station, soil samples were collected between the hours of 8 am to 10 am. 17 orders of soil arthropod were collected and extracted using Berlesse tullgren funnel. Arthropods were collected, using 70% alcohol. The obtained soil arthropods belonging to order Isopoda, Diplopoda, Pauropoda, Chilopoda, Symphyla, Araneida, Acari, Chelonethi, Collembola, Protura, Diplura, Hymenoptera, Isopteran, Psocoptera, Diptera, Coeleoptera, Dermaptera and Psocoptera. Seasonal variations of soil arthropod fauna in rubber plantations were studied. Data collected from the rubber plantation sites were subjected to appropriate statistical analysis.