Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2015, Vol. 6 ›› Issue (4): 237-246.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2015.04.007

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A Review of Progress in Chinese Troglofauna Research

RAN Jingcheng1 and YANG Weicheng2*   

  1. 1 Guizhou Wildlife and Forest Plant Station, Guiyang 550001, China;
    2 School of Life Sciences, Guizhou Normal University, Guiyang 550001, China
  • Online:2015-07-30 Published:2015-07-30

Abstract: The darkness, humidity and constant temperature of subterranean karst caves have produced specialized populations of animals with, unique behaviors and characteristics. Based on living habits, troglofauna can be divided into troglobites, troglophiles and trogloxenes. Since the beginning of research on karst troglofauna in China in the late 1970s, 131 new species of troglofauna have been discovered. A large amount of research has been conducted on the behavior and characteristics of troglofauna, and good progress has been made over the last few decades. Nevertheless, in view of the wide distribution and large quantity of karst caves throughout China, there remains much potential for futher research on Chinese troglofauna.