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Master of Science (MS)
A two year census of the cave beetle Neaphaenops tellkampfi (Coleoptera, Carabidae) was conducted in Mushroom Cave, Hart County, Kentucky. Three methods were used to estimate populations of this beetle. A rise in population in certain areas of the cave was shown to occur in Mid-winter. The population as reported is felt to represent a portion of a much larger population which migrates toward the cave entrance beacuse of food shortages in winter with a summer movement back into deep cave habitat when the eggs of Hadenoecus subterraneus are plentiful.
Bon Durant, Robert E. Sr., "A Population Study of the Cave Beetle Neaphaenops tellkampfi (Coleoptera, Carabidae) in Mushroom Cave, Hart County, Kentucky" (1979). Masters Theses. 3173.
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