Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 33 Number 2: 97-100 - April 1971

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Caves as Archipelagoes
David C. Culver


An analogy is drawn between caves and archipelagoes. Using the formal theory developed for the number of populations of a species present in an archipelago it was possible to obtain estimates of migration and extinction rates for crustaceans in caves of the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia. In general, these estimates agreed wth what is known about the species' biology.

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