Tuesday, 19 May 2015

New cryptic amphipod discovered in West Caucasus caves

Date: May 18, 2015

Source: Pensoft Publishers

Summary: Scientists have discovered a new species of typhlogammarid amphipod in the limestone karstic caves of Chjalta mountain range -- the southern foothills of the Greater Caucasus Range.

The new amphipod, which belongs to the genus Zenkevitchia, is the second species known from this group. This new addition to the genus is named Zenkevitchia yakovi after the famous Russian biospeleologist Prof Yakov Birstein.

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