Krubera-Voronya cave and other deep systems in Arabika Massif are being explored during many speleological expeditions. A recent Ibero-Russian exploration expedition (summer of 2010) took place in this cave with the aim of providing a study of the biocenosis of the deepest known cave in the world. Four new species of Collembola were found at different depths: Schaefferia profundissima n. sp., Anurida stereoodorata n. sp., Deuteraphorura kruberaensis n. sp., and Plutomurus ortobalaganensis n. sp., the last one at -1980 m deep. The identification and description of the new species have required the careful study of all congeneric species, implying a revision of each genus. As a result of this work tables and keys to all significant characters for each species are presented.
Terrestrial Arthropod Reviews – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
Keywords: Key; cavernicolous fauna; biospeleology; deepest cave of the world; Schaefferia profundissima n. sp.; Anurida stereoodorata n. sp.; Deuteraphorura kruberaensis n. sp.; Plutomurus ortobalaganensis n. sp.
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