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Elevated Carbon Dioxide Levels in Bayliss Cave, Australia: Implications for the Evolution of Obligate Cave Species

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dc.contributor.author Howarth, Francis G.
dc.contributor.author Stone, Fred D.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-04-23T04:04:40Z
dc.date.available 2008-04-23T04:04:40Z
dc.date.issued 1990-07
dc.identifier.citation Howarth FG, Stone FD. 1990. Elevated carbon dioxide levels in Bayliss Cave, Australia: implications for the evolution of obligate cave species. Pac Sci 44(3): 207-218.
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/1279
dc.description.abstract In May and June 1985, the deeper passages of Bayliss Cave, North Queensland, Australia, contained up to 200 times the ambient atmospheric level of carbon dioxide and a water-saturated atmosphere, yet supported the most diverse community of highly modified, obligate, terrestrial cave species yet known. The obligate and facultative cave species were mostly segregated by the environment, with the 24 obligate cave-adapted species being largely restricted to the "bad-air" zone. The discovery of this previously unknown "bad-air," obligate cave community corroborates other behavioral and distributional studies that suggest that cave-adapted animals are specialized to exploit resources within the smaller underground 'voids, where fluctuating carbon dioxide concentrations are theoretically intolerable to most surface and facultative cave species.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press
dc.title Elevated Carbon Dioxide Levels in Bayliss Cave, Australia: Implications for the Evolution of Obligate Cave Species
dc.type Article
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Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 44, Number 3, 1990


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