Sidorov D.A.1, Samokhin G.V.2 2016. Kruberia abchasica, a new genus and species of troglobiont amphipods (Crustacea: Gammaridae) from Krubera Cave (Western Transcaucasia) // Arthropoda Selecta. Vol.25. No.4: 373–379 [in English].

1 Institute of Biology and Soil Science, Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 100-let Vladivostoku Av. 159, Vladivostok 690022, Russia. E-mail:

2 Taurida Academy, V.I. Vernadsky Crimea Federal University, Simferopol 295007, Crimea, Russia.

KEY WORDS: Amphipoda, Gammaroidea, taxonomy, biodiversity, Caucasus.

ABSTRACT. A new species of peculiar troglobiont (stygobiont) amphipod — Kruberia abchasica sp.n. of the family Gammaridae is described, for which a new genus is proposed. Kruberia gen.n. is characterized by a specific habitus (stocky body, elongate appendageses densely covered with hairs) and modified mouthparts (outer plate of maxilla I with comb-like spines, spine row of right mandible with modified spine). Two gammarid specimens were found in the siphon Dva Kapitana (at the depth of 2175 m) in the deepest underground system — Krubera Cave in Abkhazia.

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