Identification of a new population of Anelpistina inapendicata (Insecta: Zygentoma: Nicoletiidae).

Luis Espinasa, Katherine Parker, Solomon A. Sloat


In the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park area in Guerrero, Mexico, there is a plethora of tremendously diverse types of caves. The area is also a hotspot for troglobitic nicoletiid diversity. Within just a five km radius, four different species have been described inhabiting caves. It would appear that speciation for nicoletiids within this karstic region is high, with most species endemic to single caves. We identify a new cave locality for Anelpistina inappendicata. Both caves are environmentally very different, suggesting that the species is a generalist, capable of coping with extremely different conditions varying in humidity, substrate conditions, and availability of food. A short discussion is provided for why the species may not have a broader geographical distribution.


Biogeography; Ricinulid; Anelpistina; Cryptocellus; Troglobite

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