The Cave Type Localities Atlas of Croatian Fauna


From biospeleological point of view, the speleological objects called loci typici or type localities are extremely important, as they constitute caves or pits in which a new animal taxon was originally found and described according to the samples found. Therefore, in 2000 the Croatian Biospeleological Society, in cooperation with the then Ministry of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning, initiated a two-year project entitled “Production of a biospeleology survey, education and popularisation leading to protection of the biosphere of the underground of Croatia”. One of the project’s most important goals was the formation of a biospelological Cadastre. In 2003 the project was followed up by a three-year programme with the support of the same Ministry and suspended in 2005 owing to the state Ministry reform. The project was subsequently financed by the State Institute for Nature Protection. One of its important results was the publication of the Catalogue of Cave Type Localities of Croatian Fauna (Bedek et al., 2006) as a special issue (supplement) of the scientific journal Natura Croatica in 2006.

Freshly published Atlas is a constituent of the Cadastre given its additional data on type localities published in the Catalogue, but also given its additional outline of all taxa described from speleological objects and karstic springs and wells (considered as speleological objects due to their morphology, but excluded from the Catalogue)in the territory of Croatia. Consequently, the type fauna list was amended and provides an integrated outline of taxa described from the Croatian caves to date. The total number of type localities was thus considerably extended and currently features 254 type localities (with a total of 399 described taxa), including 102 objects (with a total of 133 type taxa), which were selected and thoroughly profiled in Volume 1 of the Atlas. The subsequent volumes will analyse the remaining type localities, and the list will be regularly updated as a result of discoveries of new animal taxa in the Croatian underground. This richly illustrated book will show entrances to speleological objects, subterranean habitats, maps and sketches of caves and pits, and terrestrial and aquatic cave animals in order to share the values and distinctive qualities of the Croatian underground with the public at large.

During the course of the project and owing to the support of many researchers, scientists, speleological associations and the activities in many other projects in Croatia, new animal taxa were found and described, including some of those that were found and described after the publication of the Catalogue.

We hope that the Atlas will achieve its objective and make a significant contribution to knowledge about and conservation of cave habitats and their distinctive fauna as a particularly valuable component of our natural heritage..

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