Simona Prevorčnik

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The ecological and evolutionary processes leading to isolation and adaptation of cave animals compared to their surface ancestors are not yet unequivocally understood. In this study the genetic relations of four cave and three surface population of the freshwater crustacean Asellus aquaticus in the Karst region of SW Slovenia and NE Italy were assessed(More)
Caves are long-known examples of evolutionary replications where similar morphologies (troglomorphies) evolve independently as the result of strong natural selection of the extreme environment. Recently, this paradigm has been challenged based on observations that troglomorphies are inconsistent across taxa and different subterranean habitats. We(More)
The freshwater isopod crustacean Asellus aquaticus has recently been developed as an emerging invertebrate cave model for studying evolutionary and developmental biology. Mostly morphological and genetic differences between cave and surface A. aquaticus populations have been described up to now, while scarce data are available on other aspects, including(More)
Turcolana Argano & Pesce, 1980 is the isopod genus occurring in freshwater and brackish groundwater environments around the eastern Mediterranean. In this study, a revised diagnosis of the genus, an updated map of species distribution and a key to species are presented. The first cave dwelling species is described from the Melissotrypa Cave in central(More)
The aquatic troglobiont Brasileirinho cavaticus (Crustacea: Isopoda: Calabozoidea), new genus and species is described from the karst cave of the State of Bahia, Brazil. Based on its unique pleonal features i.e. the total absence of female pleopods I–II, uniramous male pleopods I–II, minute, uniramous respiratory pleopods III–V in both sexes and pleotelson(More)
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