Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 29 Number 1: 23-25 - January 1967

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Observations on Frenchman's Cave, Nova Scotia, and Its Fauna
Dale R. Calder and J. Sherman Bleakney


Caves have received little attention in Nova Scotia until recently, although several are known, particularly in the gypsum and anhydrite of the Windsor group. Frenchman's Cave at St. Croix, Hants County, was examined in 1963-64 during investigations on microarthropods and bats. A total of 37 species of animals have been identified to date from the cave, including 19 insects, 10 arachnids, three diplopods, and five mammals. The only possible troglobite is a staphylinid beetle, Quedius spelaeus. Although the cave was probably formed by rapid solution in geologically recent times, presently stoping is the major factor shaping its topography.

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