Testate amoebae collected from moss on urban buildings with different age, height and distance to a possible source habitat – are there obvious colonization patterns?
Keywords:terrestrial protists, resource of urban biodiversity, urban habitat colonization, moss on the roof, Japan
Testate amoebae cultures were analyzed from moss samples collected at seven buildings of different age, height, and distance to a putative source habitat in Sendai City, Japan. In total, 13 amoeba taxa colonized buildings. We discussed causes as air currents, animals, or human activities. Neither amoebae from adjacent buildings, nor taxa from buildings with the same age or moss species were grouped by a cluster analysis, pointing to rather stochastic colonization patterns.
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