Journal Article

A checklist of subterranean arthropods of Iran

Malek-Hosseini, M.J. and Zamani, A.

Record Number:
5362
Year:
2017
Journal:
Subterranean Biology
Pages:
19-46
Volume:
21
Abstract:
Understanding subterranean biodiversity is important, yet vast regions of the world remain poorly explored. Here, we provide the first step towards cataloguing the subterranean arthropods of Iran. After review and analysis of the available literature and the examination of samples collected by us from Iranian caves, we listed 89 cavernicolous species (from 42 caves and 5 karstic springs) belonging to four arthropod subphyla: Chelicerata (1 class, 4 orders, 36 species), Crustacea (2 classes, 3 orders, 15 species), Hexapoda (2 classes, 5 orders, 34 species) and Myriapoda (2 classes, 3 orders, 4 species). Keywords Cave, fauna, Middle East, Zagros, troglofauna
Times Cited:
3
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