Turbanov I.S.1, Nadolny A.A.2, Turbanova A.A.1 2021. To the study of arthropods of Tavrida Cave, Crimea // Invertebrate Zoology. Vol.18. No.2: 177–185 [in English].

1 I.D. Papanin Institute of Biology of Inland Waters of RAS, Borok, Yaroslavl Region, Russia. E-mail: turba13@mail.ru

2 A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of RAS, Sevastopol, Russia. E-mail: nadolnyanton@mail.ru

doi: 10.15298/invertzool.18.2.08

ABSTRACT. Preliminary results of studying the biota of the recently discovered Tavrida Cave (Foothill Crimea) are presented. By now, six species of arthropods (Arthropoda) have been identified, i.e. one species of spiders (Aranei), one species of diplura (Diplura), two species of springtails (Collembola) and two species of flies (Diptera). The obtained results indicate the relative youth of the recent fauna of Tavrida Cave, despite Eopleistocene age cave, and have a significant faunal value, since a number of discovered species are specified for the first time for the Crimea and Russia. For the troglobiont diplura Campodea (Dicampa) taurica, discovered in Tavrida Cave, a probable scenario of its penetration into the karst cavities of the Crimea in connection with global climate changes in the Late Pleistocene time is presented. However, all other found species are most likely to have entered Tavrida Cave at the present time, after its opening as a result of road construction work.

KEY WORDS: fauna, Tavrida Cave, troglobiont, troglophile, subroglophile, Crimea.

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