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Cave Communities: From the Surface Border to the Deep Darkness

by Enrico Lunghi 1,2,* and Raoul Manenti 3,4,*
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Key Laboratory of the Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
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Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università degli Studi di Firenze, Sezione di Zoologia, “La Specola”, 50125 Firenze, Italy
3
Dipartimento di Scienze e politiche ambientali, Università degli Studi di Milano, 50125 Milano, Italy
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Laboratorio di Biologia Sotterranea “Enrico Pezzoli”, Parco Regionale del Monte Barro, 23851 Galbiate, Italy
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Diversity 2020, 12(5), 167; https://doi.org/10.3390/d12050167
Received: 19 April 2020 / Accepted: 20 April 2020 / Published: 25 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cave Communities: From the Surface Border to the Deep Darkness)
The discipline of subterranean biology has provided us incredible information on the diversity, ecology and evolution of species living in different typologies of subterranean habitats. However, a general lack of information on the relationships between cave species still exists, leaving uncertainty regarding the dynamics that hold together cave communities and the roles of specific organisms (from the least to the most adapted species) for the community, as well as the entire ecosystem. This Special Issue aims to stimulate and gather studies which are focusing on cave communities belonging to all different typologies of subterranean habitats, with the overarching goal to corroborate the key role of the subterranean biology in ecological and evolutionary studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: cave biology; subterranean habitats; vertebrates; invertebrates; community dynamics; biospeleology; hypogean; conservation; biodiversity; troglobite; troglophile; trogloxene cave biology; subterranean habitats; vertebrates; invertebrates; community dynamics; biospeleology; hypogean; conservation; biodiversity; troglobite; troglophile; trogloxene
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Lunghi, E.; Manenti, R. Cave Communities: From the Surface Border to the Deep Darkness. Diversity 2020, 12, 167.

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