Neotropical Entomology

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 492–501 | Cite as

A New Species of Pararrhopalites Bonet & Tellez (Collembola, Symphypleona, Sminthuridae) from Iron Caves in Brazil

  • D Zeppelini
  • E C A Lima
  • R A Brito
  • G A Soares
Systematics, Morphology and Physiology


A second species of the genus Pararrhopalites is described from caves inserted in iron ore lithology. Both species present a particular sensory organ in the interantennal region. The new species, Pararrhopalites ubiquum n.sp., has a wider distribution and it is not restricted to a single cave, as it is the case of Pararrhopalites sideroicus Zeppelini & Brito, in Fla Entomol 97(4):1733–1744, 2014, being found even in the Mesovoid Shallow Substratum. An update to the previously published identification key is presented.


Globular springtails cave Collembola MSS Brazilian cave fauna 



The specimens from caves were mostly collected by the speleology team of Carste consultants. The senior author is granted by CNPq no. 301803/2012-9, ECAL is granted by CNPq 440521/2015-7, and RAB is granted by CNPq no. 380485/2017-6. This work was partially funded by a collaboration project with PaqTcPB/Vale/LSCC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lab de Sistemática de Collembola e Conservação, Depto. Biologia, Centro de Ciências Biológicas e Sociais AplicadasUniv Estadual da Paraíba campus VJoão PessoaBrasil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós Graduação em Ciências Biológicas—ZoologiaUniv Federal da ParaíbaJoão PessoaBrasil
  3. 3.Programa de Pós graduação em Ciências Biológicas—Zoologia, Depto de Entomologia. Museu NacionalUniv Federal do Rio JaneiroRio de JaneiroBrasil
  4. 4.Carste Ciência e Meio AmbienteBelo HorizonteBrasil

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