Biological potential of under-studied cave fauna of the Galapagos Islands

Steven Taylor, Aaron Addison, T. Toulkeridis

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Abstract

Cave fauna in unusual ecological niches such as geologically relatively young volcanic caves in the Galapagos is an open field for research so far. As part of an expedition project in such lava tubes of the island of Isabela, some new entomologic species and in less extend microbial (fungal and bacterial) communities have been discovered. These newly discovered species include at least three undescribed troglobites (a ground beetle, a spider, and a springtail), of which one represents a rarely found predator. A re-examination of available data of discovered species in such volcanic caves of the Galápagos in comparison with similar environments in other parts of the world with simple statistical analyses presented in this paper, demonstrate the enormous potential of further discoveries of such cave fauna.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-22
JournalRevista Geoespacial
Volume8
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • cave
  • lava tube
  • vulcanology
  • fauna

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