Biology of the Chiquibul Cave System, Belize and Guatemala

Reddell, James R. and Veni, George (1996) Biology of the Chiquibul Cave System, Belize and Guatemala. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, 58 (2). pp. 131-138.

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    The Chiquibul Cave System is the longest and largest known network of caves in Central America. Most biological collections an observations in the system were conducted in 1986 in the Cebada Cave segment. Other collections were made in 1984 and 1988. At least 70 invertebrate species are known from the system. Many species await study, and of these, two aquatic and five terrestrial species are apparent troglobites. A zonation survey in the entrance of Cebada Cave showed typical forest litter species in all areas. The fauna of the deep zones of the system included only trolophiles and troglobites. Troglobites were rare and present only in the area farthest from the entrance.

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      Publisher: National Speleological Society
      Keywords: caves speleology Belize biology Chiquibul
      Subjects: (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2010 06:00
      Last Modified: 07 Feb 2011 16:08

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