Publications

1st Dinaric Symposium on Subterranean Biology – Abstract Book

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Croatian Biospeleologicay Society (CBSS), the 1st Dinaric Symposium on Subterranean Biology took place in Zagreb from 23rd to 24th September 2016. This Symposium was organised by CBSS and the Ruđer Bošković Insitute, and under the patronage of International Society for Subterranean Biology.

You can find book of abstracts here.

Reference: Lukić, M. (ed) (2016): Abstract book, 1st Dinaric Symposium on Subterranean Biology, 23 – 24 September, Zagreb, Croatia. Croatian Biospeleological Society, Zagreb. pp. 41.

Natural Characteristic of the Rijeka dubrovačka (Ombla)

The book Natural Characteristic of the Rijeka dubrovačka (Ombla) was published in 2014 by the Croatian Biospeleological Socitety, the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Authors are Marijana Cukrov and Roman Ozimec.

In a scientific and popular way, the authors have shown research history and the geographical, geological and biological features of Rijeka dubrovačka area, as well as the foundations of protection, further research and sustainable use of the aforementioned area. The book is bilingual, written in Croatian and English.

You can find the Contents here.

Reference: Cukrov, M. & Ozimec, R. (2014): Prirodoslovne značajke Rijeke dubrovačke (Ombla) / Natural Characteristic of the Rijeka Dubrovačka. Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo, Grad Dubrovnik, Županije Dubrovačko-neretvanska, Zagreb. pp. 216.

XIIIth European Bat Research Symposium – Croatia 2014 – Book of Abstracts

The XIIIth European Bat Research Symposium was held from 1st to 5th September 2014 in Solaris, near Šibenik, Croatia. It was organized by the Croatian Biospeleological Socitety, under the patronage of State Institute for Nature Protection.

You can find the book of abstracts here.

Reference: Lina, P.H.C., Hutson, A.M., Kipson, M., Zrnčić, V. & Hamidović, D. (eds.) (2014): Book of abstracts – XIIIth European Bat Research Symposium, September 01 – 05, 2014. Šibenik, Croatia. Croatian Biospeleological Society, HINUS Ltd., Zagreb. pp 188.

The Cave Type Localities Atlas of Croatian Fauna, Volume 2

The Cave Type Localities Atlas of Croatian Fauna, Volume 2 was published in 2013 as a continuation of the effort to catalogue cave type localities. These speleological objects are where new cave fauna was first discovered and scientifically described as new species for science.

Volume 2 describes in detail 88 caves with their 140 specific animal species. As in Volume 1, each cave is presented with a photograph of the cave entrance, a panorama of the area around it and subterranean habitats, as well as a topographical map and an interesting text about the importance of each cave. Cave animals are shown on photographs or drawings and accompanied by an interesting text about its importance, supported by the literature used. The novelty compared to Volume 1 of the Atlas is a complete list of 271 cave type localities of Croatian Fauna with 427 currently described animal species. Because of the high biodiversity of cave fauna in the Croatian karst and constant discoveries of new species, we expect this number to increase in the years to come. In addition to the Croatian version, Volume 2 is also published in English.

The aim of this richly illustrated book is to present the work of cavers and cave-biologists, but also to introduce the general public to the unique values of the Croatian underworld.

The Atlas team would like to thank the institutions that financially supported the creation of this unique publication. Part of the field research was financed through the State Institute for Nature Protection and Croatian Waters, and the printing was supported by the Foundation of Croatian Academy of Science and Arts, Croatian Waters, National Park Mljet, National Park Krka, National Park Paklenica and the Baredine cave.

Read more about the project history here. (ovaj link vodi na hrvatski tekst o atlasu 1. nema smisla, treba stavit link na engleski atlas 1.)

Atlas Volume 2 is priced at 200,00 kn (27 €), and the set Volume 1 + Volume 2 is 350,00 kn (46 €).

You can buy the Atlas: 1. By visiting us at our premises, 2. Ordering by contact e-mail (hbsd@hbsd.hr) – an order must contain general information about the customer (full name of person/society/company, address).

You can find the preface here.

Reference: Jalžić, B., Bedek, J., Bilandžija, H., Bregović, P., Cvitanović, H., Čuković, T., Ćukušić, A., Dražina, T., Đud, L., Gottstein, S., Hmura, D., Kljaković Gašpić, F., Komerički, A., Kutleša, P., Lukić, M., Malenica, M., Miculinić, K., Ozimec, R., Pavlek, M., Raguž, N., Slapnik, R. & Štamol, V. (2013): Atlas špiljskih tipskih lokaliteta faune Republike Hrvatske, svezak 2. Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo, Zagreb. pp. 238.

The Cave Type Localities Atlas of Croatian Fauna

The caves called loci typici or type localities are extremely important, as they constitute caves 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 most important goals of the project was the formation of a biospelological Cadastre. In 2003, the project was followed by a three-year programme with the support of the same Ministry, and 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 as a special issue (supplement) of the scientific journal Natura Croatica in 2006. The Catalogue features a first integrated list of all cave type localities in the territory of Croatia, including all taxa respectively described from them. The list of 206 type localities with 338 taxa singles Croatia out as a significant centre of subterranean fauna biodiversity at the global level. These type taxa predominantly include Dinaric endemics (330), the majority of which also represent Croatian endemics (298).

The Atlas represents a part of the Cadastre, not only because of the additional data on type localities published in the Catalogue, but also as an 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. During the course of the project, from 2000 till mid- 2010, new animal taxa were found and described, including some of those that were found and described after the publication of the Catalogue. Consequently, the type fauna list was amended and provides an integrated outline of taxa described from the Croatian caves up to the time of publication of Volume 1 of the Atlas. 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.

This richly illustrated book shows photographs of each cave entrance, a panorama of the area around it, subterranean habitats, maps and sketches of caves and pits, and photographs or drawings of terrestrial and aquatic cave animals, all with the aim of sharing the values and distinctive qualities of the Croatian underground with the public at large. The subsequent volumes will analyse the remaining type localities, and the list will be regularly updated in accordance with subsequent discoveries of new animal taxa in the Croatian underground. Volime 1 of The Cave Type Localities Atlas of Croatian Fauna was published in Croatian, with the “Preface” in English.

The aim of this richly illustrated book is to present the work of cavers and cave-biologists, but also to introduce the general public to the unique values of the Croatian underworld.

You can download the Preface and the list of cave type localities and fauna here.

Atlas Volume 1 is priced at 200,00 kn (27 €) and the set Volume 1 + Volume 2 is 350,00 kn (46 €).

You can buy the Atlas: 1. By visiting us at our premises, 2. Ordering by contact e-mail (hbsd@hbsd.hr) an order must contain general information about the customer (full name of person/society/company, address).

Reference: Jalžić, B., Bedek, J., Bilandžija, H., Cvitanović, H., Dražina, T., Gottstein, S., Kljaković Gašpić, F., Lukić, M., Ozimec, R., Pavlek, M., Slapnik, R. & Štamol, V. (2010): Atlas špiljskih tipskih lokaliteta faune Republike Hrvatske, svezak 1. Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo, Državni zavod za zaštitu prirode, Zagreb. pp. 261.

Cave Jama u Predolcu – Meeting of the Worlds

The booklet Cave Jama u Predolcu – Meeting of the Worlds was published by the Baštinik – Society for promotion of protection of natural heritage and the Croatian Biospeleological Society. The booklet is printed on 20 pages that discuss the cave Jama u Predolcu, its discovery, location, geology and evolution. Special attention was paid to the South dinaric cave clam Congeria kusceri that was found in it.

Today there are three species of Dinaric cave clams (Congeria kusceri, C. jalzici and C. mulaomerovici) and all of them are obligate subterranean species. These three species from the genus Congeria are the only underground bivalve in the world. They are a tertiary relicts, the remnants of the Tertiary fauna which were able to survive to the present day, occupying the underground habitat. Living populations of Dinaric cave clam have thus far been confirmed only in six localities in Croatia, one in Slovenia and eight in Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) criteria, Congeria kusceri is categorized as critically endangered (CR).

Reference: Bilandžija, H., Miculinić, K., Komerički, A. & Jalžić, B. (2012): Jama u Predolcu – susret svjetova. Udruga za promicanje zaštite prirodne i kulturne baštine Neretve Baštinik, Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo, Zagreb. pp 20.

Biospeleologica Dinarica: Research and conservation of Dinaric type localities of cave dwelling fauna

Project Research and conservation of Dinaric type localities of cave dwelling fauna is presented in the 12-page booklet. You can find out what are cave type localities, what is their role in the protection of cave dwelling fauna and explore an online database Biospeologica Dinarica. The booklet is published in Croatian.

Read more about it in a leaflet and on project web site.

Reference: Bedek, J., Lukić, M., Buzjak, N., Pavlek, M. & Jalžić, B. (2012): Biospeleologica Dinarica: Istraživanje i zaštita špiljskih tipskih lokaliteta faune Dinarida. Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo, Zagreb. pp. 12.

The Red Book of Cave Fauna of Croatia

The Red Book of Cave Fauna of Croatia is the second Red Book (after The Red Book of Dragonflies) to provide information on Croatia’s threatened invertebrates. This book covers the fauna of cave habitats and includes only those taxa that primarily inhabit cave habitats, i.e. troglobionts and stygobionts. The previous Red List of Underground Fauna encompassed 41 taxa. Following the exclusion of some taxa and the addition of others, the Red Book of Cave Fauna covers a total of 186 threatened taxa.

Threat categories for all taxa were determined according to the IUCN (International Union for Nature Conservation) Categories & Criteria, and the appropriate conservation measures are proposed. The IUCN divisions according to the threat status shows that the largest number of taxa (70) are vulnerable (VU), followed by critically endangered (CR, 60) and endangered (EN, 49). For 2 taxa, the data is insufficient (DD) to determine the threat status.

The Red Book is published by the Ministry of Culture and the State Institute for Nature Protection in cooperation with the Croatian Biospeleological Society. This book is the world’s first Red Book of cave fauna. This book will serve to promote the natural qualities of Croatia, to raise public awareness of this special feature of Croatia, and contribute to the conservation of these very threatened cave habitats and the fauna within. The Red Book is published in Croatian language, with the chapter “Introduction” in English.

You can download the Foreword and Contents here.

Reference: Ozimec, R., Bedek, J., Gottstein, S., Jalžić, B., Slapnik, R., Štamol, V., Bilandžija, H., Dražina, T., Kletečki, E., Komerički, A., Lukić, M. & Pavlek, M. (2009): Crvena knjiga špiljske faune Hrvatske. Ministarstvo kulture, Državni Zavod za zaštitu prirode, Zagreb. pp. 371.

Catalogue of cave type localities of Croatian fauna

Bedek, J., Gottstein Matočec, S., Jalžić, B., Ozimec, R. & Štamol, V. (2006): Catalogue of cave type localities of Croatian fauna. Nat. Croat., Vol. 15, Suppl. 1: 1-154.

Pregled špiljskih i intersticijskih organizama Hrvatske

Pregled špiljskih i intersticijskih organizama Hrvatske sastavljen je na temelju dostupne literature, muzejskih zbirki i iz brojnih terenskih bilješki autora te objavljen kao Supplement 1 časopisa Natura Croatica Vol. 11.

Gottstein Matočec, S. (ed.), Bakran-Petricioli, T., Bedek, J., Bukovec, D., Buzjak, S., Franičević, M., Jalžić, B., Kerovec, M., Kletečki, E., Kralj, J., Kružić, P., Kučinić, M., Kuhta, M., Matočec, N., Ozimec, R., Rađa, T., Štamol, V., Ternjej, I. & Tvrtković, N. (2002): An overview of the cave and interstitial biota of Croatia. Nat. Croat., Vol. 11, Suppl. 1: 1-112.

An overview of the cave and interstitial biota of Croatia

An overview of the cave and interstitial biota of Croatia was assembled from the available literature data, museum collections and numerous notes made in various field research by the authors, and published as Supplementum 1 of Natura Croatica Vol. 11.

This Overview provides data on Croatian underground biodiversity and a taxonomic basis for further monographic publications of Underground Biota and extended activities, such as the development of a Croatian Biospeleological Database and the preparation of The Cave Type Localities Atlas of Croatian Fauna.

Since the previous review of similar subject matter published in the III Vol. of Encyclopaedia Biospeologica was printed in a rather limited number of copies, an effort was made to produce an extended monograph that would be more accessible to regional and international scientists, to applied scientists and society in general. The present Overview emerged as the result of this effort, and was published as a supplement enlarged and improved with many new data (such as: additional records for some species, records on new species, checklists, updated systematics and classification of the numerous groups of organisms, colour photographs etc.).

You can download the full text paper here.

Reference: Gottstein Matočec, S. (ed.), Bakran-Petricioli, T., Bedek, J., Bukovec, D., Buzjak, S., Franičević, M., Jalžić, B., Kerovec, M., Kletečki, E., Kralj, J., Kružić, P., Kučinić, M., Kuhta, M., Matočec, N., Ozimec, R., Rađa, T., Štamol, V., Ternjej, I. & Tvrtković, N. (2002): An overview of the cave and interstitial biota of Croatia. Nat. Croat., Vol. 11, Suppl. 1: 1-112.

 

Diversity and vulnerability of groundwater wildlife of Croatia The idea of this book is to present the uniqueness and richness of cave fauna in Croatia, and to describe the threats to the wider public. Its unique value is that it proposes specific measures of protection of cave fauna and habitats. The book was made by members of the Croatian Biospeleological Socitety and published by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Physical Planning. The book was published in the Croatian language with the “Summary” in English.

You can download the Contents, Foreword and Summary here.

Reference: Gottstein Matočec, S., Ozimec, R., Jalžić, B., Kerovec, M. & Bakran-Petricioli, T. (2002): Raznolikost i ugroženost podzemne faune Hrvatske. Ministarstvo zaštite okoliša i prostornog uređenja, Zagreb. pp. 82.

World under World

Permanent exhibition “World under World” in the cave Vrlovka in Kamanje was opened on the 28th of October 2009. On that occasion, a catalogue of the same name was published. Opening of the exhibition marked the end of the Project “Biodiversity of subterranean fauna of Karlovac County”, financed by the European Union through PHARE 2006 programme.

This catalogue presents the Cave Vrlovka and its cave fauna together with most important caves of the wider Ogulin area. There is also an overview of the type localities in the Karlovac County with described taxa , and the cave fauna of Ogulin area is presented by a list of endangered species according to The Red Book of Cave Fauna of Croatia. The Catalogue is bilingual, written in Croatian and English.

You can download the catalogue here.

Reference: Bedek, J., Bilandžija, H., Hamidović, D., Cvitanović, H., Dražina, T., Jalžić, B., Jalžić, V., Kovač Konrad, P., Lukić, M., Miculinić, K., Ozimec R. & Pavlek, M. (2009): Svijet ispod svijeta: Bioraznolikost špiljske faune Ogulina i Kamanja – podzemna baština od svjetske važnosti sakrivena u Karlovačkoj županiji / World Under World: Cave Fauna Biodiversity in Ogulin and Kamanje – Globally Important Subterranean Heritage Hidden in Karlovac County. Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo, Zagreb. pp. 79.

Cerovac caves – Guide

This richly illustrated Guide contains information about the history of exploration, geological and hydrogeological features, paleontology, arheology and tourist information as well as instructions useful to visitors of Cerovac caves. In the chapter The living world in Cerovac caves, one can find an overview and photographs of the cave fauna of the Cerovac caves.

Members of the Croatian Biospeleological Society Jana Bedek, Branko Jalžić and Roman Ozimec worked on this Guide in cooperation with publisher Public Institution “Velebit Nature Park”. The Guide is published both in Croatian and English.

Reference: Bralić, I. (ed.), Bedek, J., Božičević, S., Jalžić, B., Kolak, T., Ozimec, R. & Svetić, I: Cerovačke špilje – Vodič. Javna ustanova „Park prirode Velebit“. pp. 51.

Tracing the Footsteps of the Gromača Caveman

Exhibition “Tracing the Footsteps of the Gromača Caveman – Life in Dubrovnik’s subterranean Karst” was presented in Dubrovnik in 2005. Organizers of the exhibition were the Town of Dubrovnik – Department of Environment and Spatial Planning and the Croatian Biospeleological Society. The exhibition presented two of the most important caves from the Dubrovnik area: cave Močiljska špilja and cave Špilja za gromačkom vlakom, as well as the rich cave fauna of these and the caves of the surrounding area. Exhibition catalogue was published in both Croatian and English language.

Reference: Ozimec, R. (2005): Stopama gromačkog pračovjeka – život u podzemlju dubrovačkog krša / Tracing the Footsteps of the Gromača Caveman – Life in Dubrovnik’s Subterranean Karst. Grad Dubrovnik – Upravni odjel za zaštitu okoliša i prostorno uređenje, Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo, Zagreb. pp. 36.

Mljet Underworld

Exhibition “Mljet Underworld” was presented to the public on the 19th December 2008 in Speleogallery of the town of Kastav, in cooperation between the speleological club S.U. Estavela and the Croatian Biospeleological Society (CBSS). The exhibition was later also presented two times in Zagreb, in the Tin Ujević library and library Sesvete, Galerija Oblok.

The exhibition presented two years of extensive fieldwork by the CBSS for the preparation of the book “Guide-book through the Mljet Underworld”. A 12-page leaflet in both Croatian and English was published thanks to the financial help from the Public Institution of National Park Mljet.

You can download the bilingual exhibition leaflet here.

In the Heart of the Mountains

On the occasion of the International Mountain Day, on 11th December 2009 the exhibition “In the Heart of the Mountains” was opened in the town of Opatija. Organizers of the exhibition were Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Public Institution Priroda and the Department of Architecture and Environmental Protection.

The exhibition was accompanied by a poster and exhibition catalogue with a brief description of the regions of the county, its caves and cave fauna. The text is followed by attractive photos of cave channels and chambers, and the cave fauna.

Reference: Ozimec, R., Randić, M., Šišić, S. & Komadina Z. (2009): U njedrima planina. Javna ustanova priroda, Rijeka. pp. 16.

Subterranea Croatica

The Subterranea Croatica journal is an expert magazine which has been published since 2003. The publisher of the journal is Speleological Club “Ursus spelaeus” from Karlovac, with the Croatian Biospeleological Society as an occasional co-editor (No. 4, 5, 7, 8, 12).

Subterranea Croatica publishes articles on speleology and the exploration of karst (geography, geomorphology, geology, hydrogeology, paleontology, biology, biospeleology, geoecology, ecology, speleometeorology, archeology, speleology, etc.), articles which display activities of speleological associations in Croatia (expeditions, research, etc.), articles about speleological research techniques, reviews (books, journals, etc.), news (NGOs, news from Croatia and world, notifications, etc.), and lists of the largest caves in Croatia and the world.

Abstracts of the 14th International Symposium of Biospeleology

The 14th International Symposium of Biospeleology, 19-26 September 1999, was held in Makarska, Croatia. This Symposium was organised by CBSS, Croatian Natural History Museum and Societe de Biospeologie. Book of abstracts on 125 pages with 85 abstracts of plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations was published.

You can download the book of abstracts here.

Reference: Holcer, D. & Šašić, M. (eds.) (1999): Abstracts of the 14th International Symposium of Biospeleology. Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo, Hrvatski prirodoslovni muzej, Zagreb. pp. 125.

Leaflets

Don’t hibernate

Project on the Protection of the Ogulin cave sponge

Svijet ispod svijeta

Skriveni život u unutrašnjosti Velebita

Život ispod Grada

Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo

Posters

Pitka voda je zalog za budućnost

Zaštita dugonogog šišmiša

Hrvatsko biospeleološko društvo

Tajnoviti svijet krškog podzemlja