Biospeleology. The Biology of Cavernicolous Animals by A. Vandel, G. A. Kerkut

By A. Vandel, G. A. Kerkut

Biospeleology: The Biology of Cavernicolous Animals discusses the basic thoughts in realizing the organic make up of cave-dwelling animals. The name goals to narrate the subterranean international as a habitat for organisms.
The first a part of the textual content tackles uncomplicated matters, resembling the concept that of the subterranean international and cavernicoles, in addition to the historical past and learn issues in biospeleology. subsequent, the choice enumerates the subterranean natural world, besides the geographical distribution and ecology of cavernicoles. the subsequent elements aspect the body structure and behaviour of cavernicoles, whereas the final half tackles the evolution of cavarnicoles.
The e-book might be of serious curiosity to zoologists, biologists, and ecologists who desire to achieve a greater realizing of the organic homes of subterranean organisms.

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V I I - I X . M O T A S , C. (1948) Professorul Emil Racovitza. Anal Acad. Rep. Pop. Romane. Mem. Sec. Stiint- Ser. III', XXIII. C H A P T E R IV BIOSPEOLOGICAL MEANS AND METHODS THREE successive tasks must be undertaken by the biospeologist: (a) Collection of material. (b) The culture of cavernicoles so that they may be observed at leisure, and in order that experiments may be carried out u p o n them. (c) Publication of results obtained. A. C O L L E C T I N G TECHNIQUES There is no place in the present work to explain the techniques of speleology.

The culture of cavernicoles is planned (De Loriol, Tintant and Rousset, 1959). BELGIUM The Laboratoire Souterrain de Han-sur-Lesse The Fédération spéléologique de Belgique established a subterranean laboratory in 1959 at Han-sur-Lesse, very near to the famous H a n grotto. It has been called the " L a b o r a t o i r e Souterrain E. de Pierpont". ) (Liégois, 1958). Β 3 BIOSPEOLOGY: THE BIOLOGY OF C A V E R N I C O L O U S ANIMALS PLATE I . Moulis (Ariège). A t the centre of the plate an anticline w h o s e strata are vertical.

The reasons for the immense gaps in our knowledge arise from the extreme difficulty of breeding cavernicoles in ordinary laboratories. This culture work could not be successfully undertaken until specially designed subterranean laboratories were constructed. M o r e will be said of these laboratories in the next chapter. It was not until such time as zoologists were able to use such laboratories that the progress of biospeology became very rapid. It is to record the results which have been obtained since that time that this b o o k has been written.

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