Three new hypogean species of the Iberian genus Roncocreagris Mahnert, 1974 are described from mainland Portugal: R. borgesi sp. nov. and R. gepesi sp. nov. from caves in the Sicó massif, and R. occidentalis sp. nov. from caves in the Montejunto and Cesaredas karst plateau. This brings to nine the number of known hypogean species of the mostly Iberian genus Roncocreagris: five from Portugal and four from Spain. Ecological comments and new localities for some of the previously known species are also included.
Reboleira A.S.P.S., Zaragoza J.A., Gonçalves F. & Oromí P. (2013). On hypogean Roncocreagris (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones: Neobisiidae) from Portugal, with descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa, 3670(2), 283-299. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3670.2.11
At right, Prof. Paulo Borges during the II Iberian Meeting of Subterranean Biology, organized in the University of Aveiro, 2011.
The new species Roncocreagris gepesi, is dedicated to the speleological association Grupo Protecção Sicó (GPS), for its contribution to the knowledge and protection of caves and karst of Sicó region, and as recognition to its members for their effort and support during our field work.
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