Title

Invasive Earthworms in a Northern Great Plainsprairie Fragment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2017

Abstract

Although ample research exists on the ecological impacts of earthworm invasion in the Great Lakes region and northern hardwood forests, little data is available on the presence, distribution, and impact of earthworms in the prairies of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie. Sampling in a Northern Tallgrass Prairie fragment yielded three species of invasive earthworms occupying three different functional groups: surface and litter dwellers (epigei c), subsurface horizontal burrowers (endogeic), and deep vertical bore inhabi- tants (anecic). This research note illustrates the presence of non-native and potentially invasive earthworms in Northern Tallgrass Prairie.

Publication Title

Biological Invasions

DOI of Published Version

10.1007/s10530-017-1509-y

Publisher

Springer International