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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4088.1.2

Genus Neelus Folsom, 1896 (Hexapoda, Collembola) reveals its diversity in cave habitats: two new species from Croatia

Vladimír Papáč, MARKO LUKIĆ, ĽUBOMÍR KOVÁČ

Abstract


Two new species of the genus Neelus Folsom, 1896, N. cvitanovici sp. nov. and N. lackovici sp. nov., are described from caves of Croatia. N. lackovici sp. nov. exhibit marked troglomorphic features such as extremely elongated ungua and antennae, larger body among others. Descriptions are completed with comparative tables for chaetotaxy of antennae and legs. Diagnostic table for the congeners and identification key to the world species are provided. Distribution records of other Neelus species in Croatian caves are added. Threats of troglobiotic Neelus species in Croatia are discussed.

 


Keywords


Collembola, N. cvitanovici sp. nov., N. lackovici sp. nov., description, cave fauna, Dinarides, identification key

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