Microhabitats

On the Trail with Museum Scientist, Michael W. Nickell

Published May 24th 2017 in Wildlife, Habitat, habitats, Invertebrets


  Microhabitats are the small-scale physical requirements of a particular organism or a community of organisms.  For example, a decomposing log in a forest supports a distinct population of decomposers, plants, and invertebrates, but the forest houses the log itself.  Every habitat includes numerous microhabitats with subtle differences in light exposure, humidity, temperature, air circulation, and numerous other factors.  Examples of microhabitats on the short grass prairie of the Llano Estacado include temporary pools of water, a decomposing log or animal, cryptobiotic soils, lichen growth, under rocks, leaf litter, termite tubes, and the interior of an ant bed.