Spiljar Speleological Society

Split, Croatia

Spiljar Speleological Society

Split, Croatia

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Curcic S.,University of Belgrade | Pesic V.,University of Montenegro | Curcic B.P.M.,University of Belgrade | Curcic N.,Serbian Academy of Science and Arts | Rada T.,Spiljar Speleological Society
Archives of Biological Sciences | Year: 2012

A new leptodirine leiodid beetle species, Parapropus vitorogensis sp. n., from a cave in the western part of the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, is described and diagnosed. Both male and female genitalia and other taxonomically important characters are illustrated. The new species is clearly distinct from its closest congeners. The new taxon is of Tertiary or even pre-Tertiary age and originated during the Alpine Orogeny that affected vast areas of the Balkan Peninsula, including the Dinarides, its terra typica. The new species is both endemic and relict, inhabiting western Bosnia and Herzegovina only.


Curcic S.B.,University of Belgrade | Curcic B.P.M.,University of Belgrade | Pecelj M.,University of Belgrade | Pecelj J.M.,University of East Sarajevo | And 6 more authors.
Archives of Biological Sciences | Year: 2012

A new genus (Punctoduvalius gen. n.) and a species of trechine ground beetles (Punctoduvalius orlovacensis sp. n.) from Bosnia and Herzegovina have been described and diagnosed. Punctoduvalius gen. n. is clearly distinct from all other phenetically close genera in many important respects, such as: the presence of depigmented reduced eyes, the presence of a pigmented eye border, the presence of deep and complete frontal furrows, the presence of tiny setae on the genae, the presence of distinct longitudinal fissures on the protibias, the ratio of length/width of the first protarsal article in males, the presence of two elytral discal setae, the presence of numerous setiferous punctures in interstrial spaces, the specific position of the humeral setae, and the specific shape of the copulatory piece. This new genus comprises four species: Punctoduvalius pilifer (Ganglbauer, 1891) (endogean from Mts. Treskavica and Bjelašnica, and from a cave on Mt. Visočica, Bosnia and Herzegovina), P. protectus (Winkler, 1926) (from the Pećina kod Ostojića Cave, Mt. Treskavica, and endogean from Mt. Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina), P. brevipilosus (Knirsch, 1927) (endogean from Lupoglav Peak, Mt. Prenj, Bosnia and Herzegovina), and P. orlovacensis sp. n. (from the Orlovača Cave, village of Donje Biševo, near Pale, Bosnia and Herzegovina). The four species clearly differ in many important respects. The following three taxonomic changes are proposed: Punctoduvalius pilifer (Ganglbauer, 1891), comb. n., P. protectus (Winkler, 1926), comb. n., and P. brevipilosus (Knirsch, 1927), comb. n. The new genus and its members belong to an old separate phyletic lineage, distinct from all other existing species groups. Additionally, these forms are relict and endemic to the deep soil and caves of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Curcic B.P.M.,University of Belgrade | Radja T.,Spiljar Speleological Society | Curcic S.B.,University of Belgrade | Curcic N.B.,Serbian Academy of Science and Arts
Archives of Biological Sciences | Year: 2010

Three new species of the pseudoscorpion genus Roncus L. Koch (Neobisiidae) are described from Croatia (from nr. Omiš, Dalmatia: R. almissae n. sp.) and Serbia (near the town of Krupanj, north-western Serbia, Lukića Pećina Cave and nr. Izvor: R. krupanjensis n. sp., and R. radji n. sp.), and their diagnostic characteristics are illustrated. Their interrelations with phenetically close congeners are analyzed; in addition, the presence/absence of microsetae proximal to the trichobothria eb and esb is established as an important taxonomic characteristic.


Curcic B.P.M.,University of Belgrade | Dimitrijevic R.N.,University of Belgrade | Radja T.,Spiljar Speleological Society | Curcic N.B.,Serbian Academy of Science and Arts | Milincic M.,University of Belgrade
Archives of Biological Sciences | Year: 2010

A new epigean pseudoscorpion, Chthonius (Chthonius) onaei n. sp. is erected from Podašpilje, nr. Omiš, Mt. Omiška Dinara, Dalmatia, Croatia. Its interrelations with two close congeners, Chthonius (C.) litoralis Hadži, 1933 and Chthonius (C.) dalmatinus Hadži, 1930 are briefly discussed.


Curcic S.,University of Belgrade | Antic D.,University of Belgrade | Rada T.,Spiljar Speleological Society | Makarov S.,University of Belgrade | And 3 more authors.
Archives of Biological Sciences | Year: 2013

A new endogean bembidiine ground beetle species, Winklerites serbicus sp. n., from a cave in the southeastern part of Serbia is both described and diagnosed. Male and female genital structures and other taxonomically important characters are illustrated. The new species is clearly distinct from its closest congeners. Fifteen species of the genus so far known are arranged in six groups. The new species is both endemic and relict, inhabiting southeastern Serbia only.


Makarov S.E.,University of Belgrade | Curcic B.P.M.,University of Belgrade | Tomic V.T.,University of Belgrade | Rada T.,Spiljar Speleological Society | And 4 more authors.
Zootaxa | Year: 2011

A new genus is established for a new diplopod species from Croatia: Massarilatzelia dugopoljica n. gen, n. sp., which is described, thoroughly illustrated, and diagnosed. Two subspecies of the genus Heterolatzelia Verhoeff, 1897, H. nivalis rupivaga Verhoeff, 1899, and H. nivalis absoloni Attems, 1951 are synonymized and attributed to H. nivalis Verhoeff, 1897. Analysis of postembryonic development showed that in the representatives of the family Heterolatzeliidae the type of anamorphosis is teloanamorphosis. A key to genera and species of the family is presented, as well as an account of their geographic distribution.


Curcic B.P.M.,University of Belgrade | Radja T.,Spiljar Speleological Society | Dimitrijevic R.N.,University of Belgrade | Curcic S.B.,University of Belgrade | Milincic M.,University of Belgrade
Archives of Biological Sciences | Year: 2010

A new endemic and relict species of the genus Neobisium Chamberlin, N. mirkaci n. sp., from the Majhahlje Pit, Ćićarija (Istria), Croatia, has been described. From its phenetically close congeners, N. spelaeum Schiødte and N. stygium Beier, it is distinguished in many important respects. This new taxon is illustrated, diagnosed, and thoroughly described.


Dimitrijevic R.N.,University of Belgrade | Rada T.,Spiljar Speleological Society
Ecologica Montenegrina | Year: 2016

The thorough analysis of a pseudoscorpion sample collected in the Jama pod Gažnovcem Pit, Stilja, near Vrgorac, Dalmatia (Croatia) resulted in establishing a new pseudoscorpion taxon - Neobisium curcici n. sp. The main diagnostic features of the type specimens studied are illustrated, carefully analysed and compared to the closest congeners. The taxonomic interrelationships and the geographic distribution of the new pseudoscorpion species are briefly discussed.


Curcic S.,University of Belgrade | Rada T.,Spiljar Speleological Society | Mulaomerovic J.,Speleological Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina | Vrbica M.,University of Belgrade | And 4 more authors.
Archives of Biological Sciences | Year: 2014

Three new troglobitic leiodid beetle species have been described from several underground habitats in Central Bosnia and Herzegovina: Leonhardia jajcensis sp. n., from the Kapnica Cave, village of Božikovac, near Jajce, Mt. Dnolučka Planina, Katobatizon apfelbecki sp. n., from the Jama Ispod Puta, village of Božikovac, and the Snježara Pits, village of Brvanci, near Jajce, Mt. Dnolučka Planina, and Protobracharthron dusinae sp. n., from the Dusina Cave, village of Dusina, near Fojnica, Mt. Pogorelica. The three leiodid species are easily distinguished from related taxa. All important morphological characteristics of the species have been listed, along with the diagnoses and images of the taxa. The new species are relicts and endemics of Central Bosnia and Herzegovina and probably belong to old phyletic lineages of Tertiary or even pre-Tertiary origin.

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