First recorded cave-dwelling terrestrial isopods (Isopoda: Oniscidea) in Iran with a description of a new species

Zootaxa. 2013 Nov 8:3734:591-6. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3734.5.8.


Cave-dwelling terrestrial isopods from the province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyerahmad, southwestern Iran, are reported here. These include three accidental and one troglobitic species namely Protracheoniscus gakalicus n. sp., which is also the first recorded troglobitic species from the genus Protracheoniscus. The new species is readily distinguished by the lack of eyes and pigmentation.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Distribution
  • Animal Structures / anatomy & histology
  • Animals
  • Caves
  • Ecosystem
  • Female
  • Iran
  • Isopoda / anatomy & histology
  • Isopoda / classification*
  • Male