Survival strategies in polar terrestrial arthropods

first_imgThree components of the survival strategy of a terrestrial Antarctic mite, Alaskozetes antarcticus (Acari: Cryptostigmata) are considered: overwintering survival, energetics and life history. Supercooling is an important feature of its cold tolerance, whilst elevation of standard metabolism allows activity at low temperatures, both of which contribute tcTa long development and maximum survival of individuals in the population. These are facets of the overall survival strategy evolved by such a species in response to the Antarctic terrestrial environment, but which may be widespread in polar invertebrates.last_img