The dataset provides occurrence data, provided within the research article entitled “The overview of lithobiomorph centipedes (Chilopoda, Lithobiomorpha) from caves of Slovenia”, which is to be published in the Subterranean Biology Journal. The data has been compiled from unpublished sources and published literature data until the end of the year 2022.
The dataset consists of 410 occurrence records, of which 319 are published for the first time. Altogether, 21 lithobiomorph species from 160 localities were recorded. Most of the species are surface and three are considered exclusively subterranean: Lithobius stygius, L. zveri and Eupolybothrus obrovensis.
Additional information is provided in the corresponding research article.
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Kos A, Delić T, Kos I, Kozel P, Polak S, Zagmajster M (2023): lithobiomorph_centipedes_caves_slovenia. v1.5. ZooKeys. Dataset/Occurrence. https://ipt.pensoft.net/resource?r=lithobiomorph_centipedes_caves_slovenia&v=1.5
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Occurrence; biodiversity; Eupolybothrus obrovensis; Lithobiidae; Lithobius stygius; Lithobius zveri; subterranean
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Slovenia (in caves)
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [45.418, 13.447], North East [46.871, 16.507]|
The dataset includes centipedes from the order Lithobiomorpha. Specimens were morphologically determined using identification keys for lithobiomorph centipedes (e.g. Matic 1966; Koren 1992; Stoev et al. 2010), mostly to the species level. In cases where reliable species identification was not possible, e.g., due to damaged, juvenile or female individuals, specimens were identified only to a genus level.
|Order||Lithobiomorpha (lithobiomorph centipedes)|
|Start Date / End Date||1800-01-01 / 2022-12-31|
The research article "The overview of lithobiomorph centipedes (Chilopoda, Lithobiomorpha) from caves of Slovenia" by authors A. Kos, T. Delić, I. Kos, P. Kozel, S. Polak and M. Zagmajster is to be published in Subterranean biology.
|Title||The overview of lithobiomorph centipedes (Chilopoda, Lithobiomorpha) from caves of Slovenia|
|Funding||The preparation of this overview for has been supported with the project LIFE NarcIS – Nature Conservation Information System (LIFE19 GIE/SI/000161). Part of the field work (AK, TD, MZ) has been conducted within the project LIFE-IP NATURA.SI – LIFE integrated project for enhanced management of Natura 2000 in Slovenia (LIFE17 IPE/SI/000011). AK, TD, IK and MZ were co-funded by the Slovenian Research Agency through core programme P1-0184 (Integrative zoology and speleobiology) and PK though core programme P6-0119 (Karst Research programme). AK work was financially supported also by Slovenian Research Agency PhD grant, and the University Foundation of eng. Milan Lenarčič. The equipment used in this study (stereomicroscope Leica M165 C) was purchased in the project “Development of Research Infrastructure For The International Competitiveness Of The Slovenian RRI Space – RI-SI-LifeWatch”, co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund.|
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Information on the occurrence of lithobiomorph species in caves was taken primarily from the database on subterranean biodiversity SubBioDB (managed by the Subterranean Biology Lab, Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana). SubBioDB combines literature data and the data on individuals collected during various fieldwork expeditions. Specimens reported as new findings were collected in the fieldwork by visual inspections and direct hand-picking or, in some cases, by baited pit-fall traps.
|Study Extent||Specimens were collected from caves (in few cases also artificial tunnels) in Slovenia. The dataset covers data collected until the end of year 2022.|
|Quality Control||Re-examination of some reported literature findings was made.|
Method step description:
- Specimens reported under new findings are preserved in 70% or 96% ethanol. They are stored in the Zoological collection of the Subterranean Biology Lab, Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana. Some specimens were contributed to this collection from the collections of the Notranjska Museum in Postojna (Slavko Polak), or the speleobiological collection of the Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor (Peter Kozel). In addition, some older material was taken from the “Chilobio” centipede collection of the Animal Ecology Group, University of Ljubljana.
- Specimens were examined under stereomicroscope Olympus SZH10 or Leica M165 C and morphologically determined using identification keys.
- Literature findings were taxonomically curated and reassignments of four reported taxa were made, after re-examination of specimens or according to comments of other authors (for E. leostygis). Reports of species Eupolybothrus leostygis, Eupolybothrus fasciatus, Lithobius burzenlandicus wardaranus and Lithobius microps were assigned to E. obrovensis, E. grossipes, Lithobius sp. and Lithobius carinthiacus, respectively. Furthermore, Lithobius jugoslavicus Matic & Darabantu, 1968 was treated as a synonym of Lithobius stygius Latzel, 1880, following the taxonomic status of its substitute name Lithobius corneliae Stoev, 1997.
- Localities were georeferenced by taking the coordinates of the cave entrances, either from Cave Registry of Slovenia (“Kataster jam Slovenije”), available at https://www.katasterjam.si/, or from GPS coordinates (in cases of caves whose registration is in progress and artificial tunnels).
|Collection Name||SubBioDB (database on subterranean biodiversity managed by the Subterranean Biology Lab, Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana)|
|Parent Collection Identifier||Not applicable|
|Collection Name||ChiloBio (centipede collection of the Animal Ecology Group, Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana)|
|Parent Collection Identifier||Not applicable|
|Specimen preservation methods||Alcohol|
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