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Old 12-09-2012, 06:13 AM
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Default Beginners Guide to Microfauna

This write-up is to provide beginners with a guide to microfauna commonly found in a dart frog vivarium.

**Please Note: This is in no way a definitive guide. This will only be covering basic microfauna & is not a guide to types of feeders or harmful fauna**

I will try to depict some of the more commonly found types, as well as providing pictures & additional links for reading.


Microfauna serves many purposes in our vivariums, from cleanup crews to additional food sources. They are the heart of our self contained ecosystems.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfauna

http://dartden.com/feeder-insects-nu...viv-t5051.html

SPRINGTAILS
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Tropical (Collembola sp.)


Temperate


Pink


Black (Tomocerus sp.)


Tropical Silver


Temperate Silver



Blue (Podura sp)


Additional Reading:
http://animals.jrank.org/pages/2285/...RODUCTION.html

http://www.joshsfrogs.com/catalog/bl...ofauna-part-i/




ISOPODS

Dwarf Grey


Dwarf White



Dwarf Purple


Dwarf Striped
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Giant Orange
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Giant Canyon
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Additional Reading:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopoda

http://www.joshsfrogs.com/catalog/bl...fauna-part-ii/

http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/beg...-vivarium.html

WOOD MITES
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Wood Mites feed on decaying wood, leaf litter and other decaying matter in our vivarium.

*Note: I am unsure if these are the same species that feed on other bug larvae such as fungus gnats*

FUNGUS GNATS
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Additional Reading:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fungus_gnat

NEMATODES
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These small white worms are unavoidable & will appear in almost every vivarium.

Additional Reading:
http://nematode.unl.edu/wormgen.htm

http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/gen...-good-bad.html

http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/gen...-nematode.html

More Links to other interesting or useful information:
http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/foo...ringtails.html

http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/gen...on-photos.html

http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/ide...frog-tank.html


Thanks to everyone that unknowingly contributed to this thread.

If I've missed anything or if anyone has anything to add, Please feel free.
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