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The Biology of Caves and Other Subterranean Habitats

David C. Culver and Tanja Pipan

Abstract

Caves and other subterranean habitats with their often strange (even bizarre) inhabitants have long been objects of fascination, curiosity, and debate. The question of how such organisms have evolved, and the relative roles of natural selection and genetic drift, has engaged subterranean biologists for decades. Indeed, these studies continue to inform the general theory of adaptation and evolution. Subterranean ecosystems generally exhibit little or no primary productivity and, as extreme ecosystems, provide general insights into ecosystem function. The Biology of Caves and other Subterranean ... More

Keywords: adaptation, biospeleology, cave biology, cave conservation, subterranean biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198820765
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198820765.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David C. Culver, author
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science, Department of Environmental Science, American University, Washington, DC , USA

Tanja Pipan, author
Research Advisor, ZRC SAZU Karst Research Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia