Sequence analyses of the 16S rRNA of epigean and hypogean diplurans in the Jumandi Cave area, Ecuador

Luis Espinasa, Sara Christoforides, Stella E Morfessis


One of the most visited caves in Ecuador is Jumandi Cave. Twenty-two species of invertebrates plus the troglobiont Astroblepus catfish have been described. Diplurans of the family Campodeidae (Insecta) have been identified as troglophiles. Diplurans were found to be abundant in the surface just 50 m from the entrance of Jumandi Cave living under rocks and logs. Our DNA data supports that the cave diplurans found inside Jumandi Cave are a different species from the surface diplurans. Furthermore, we argue that based on morphology and behavior, this species should change its status from troglophile to troglobiotic. 


Diplurans; Astroblepus pholeter; 16S rRNA

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