The NSS Bulletin - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 51 Number 1: 11-33 - June 1989

A publication of the National Speleological Society

The Cave Fauna of Alabama: Part I: The Terrestrial Invertebrates (Excluding Insects)
Stewart B. Peck


Results are presented from a survey of the non-insect terrestrial invertebrates inhabiting about 250 caves in Alabama. A summary is given of the geology and physiography of the cave regions of Alabama, and a history of cave biology studies.

Some 178 species of free-living terrestrial non-insect invertebrates are known from cave habitats in Alabama. Twenty-nine of these species are troglobites and 62 are troglophiles. The troglobites include three snails, one terrestrial isopod, seven pseudoscorpions, seven spiders, two harvestmen, and nine millipedes. The numbers will grow as collecitons are studied and more caves are surveyed for their terrestrial invertebrate faunas. Analysis of the fauna will appear in a later paper.

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