The genus Alpioniscus Racovitza, 1908 in Sardinia: taxonomy and natural history (Isopoda, Oniscidea, Trichoniscidae).

Research paper by Stefano S Taiti, Roberto R Argano, Paolo P Marcia, Fabio F Scarpa, Daria D Sanna, Marco M Casu

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: ZooKeys


The genus Racovitza, 1908 (Trichoniscidae) from Sardinia is revised. Three new cave-dwelling species are described: Taiti & Argano, , Taiti & Argano, , and Taiti & Argano, . The genus Schmalfuss, 2005 is considered to be a junior synonym of , after morphological and molecular analyses. (Budde-Lund, 1909) and from Grotta del Bue Marino are illustrated. With the new species, the genus in Sardinia comprises six species: two troglobionts ( and ), one endogean and troglobiont ( Taiti & Argano, 2009), and three stygobionts (, , and ). All the species occur in karstic areas in the central-eastern and south-eastern part of the island. A key to all the Sardinian species of is provided.