Title

A new millipede, Austrotyla awishoshola n. sp., (Diplopoda, Chordeumatida, Conotylidae) from New Mexico, USA, and the importance of cave moss gardens as refugial habitats

Files

Link to Full Text

Download Full Text

Publication Date

January 2016

Abstract

Austrotyla awishoshola n. sp. is described from the moss gardens of one lava tube cave in El Malpais National Monument, Cibola Co., New Mexico. Most chordeumatidans require mesic conditions, and these environments are limited to moss gardens in several cave entrances and beneath cave skylights in El Malpais. Presently, this species is known from the moss gardens of a single of cave in the monument. We suggest A. awishoshola may be a climatic relict, having become restricted to the cave environment following the end of the Pleistocene. We discuss the importance of cave moss gardens as refugial and relictual habitats. Recommendations are provided to aid in the conservation and management of A. awishoshola and these habitats.

Notes

Zootaxa, Vol. 4084, no. 2 (2016).

Keywords

Myriapoda, El Malpais National Monument, New Species, Cave, Cave-Restricted' Relictual Habitat

Description

RDA

Subject: topical

Myriapoda; El Malpais National Monument; New Species; Cave; Cave-Restricted' Relictual Habitat

Type

Article

Genre

serial

Identifier

SFS0071635_00001

Share

COinS