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Arthropods of the Bleakest Barren Lands: Composition and Distribution of the Arthropod Fauna of the Northwestern Queen Elizabeth Islands1

  • J. F. McAlpine (a1)

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The Northwestern Queen Elizabeth Islands, i.e., Meighen, Ellef Ringnes, Amund Ringnes, King Christian, Lougheed, Borden, Mackenzie King, and Brock, constitute the most barren part of the high arctic fell field. Within this group, the richest area is at Isachsen on Ellef Ringnes Island; there the relief is higher and the variety of habitats greater and richer than at any other place on any of these islands. Despite this relative richness, however, Isachsen has the coldest summer climate of any arctic weather station (July mean, about 38°F.) and the smallest arthropod fauna (55 species of spiders, mites, collemboles and insects, according to studies conducted there in 1960) of any locality investigated during the Northern Insect Survey.

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Savile, D. B. O. 1961. The botany of the Northwestern Queen Elizabeth Islands. Canad. J. Bot. 39: 909942.
Oliver, D. R. 1963. Entomological studies in the Lake Hazen Area, Ellesmere Island, including lists of species of Arachnida, Collembola, and Insecta. Arctic 16: 175180.

Arthropods of the Bleakest Barren Lands: Composition and Distribution of the Arthropod Fauna of the Northwestern Queen Elizabeth Islands1

  • J. F. McAlpine (a1)

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