New book: The Cave Fauna of California

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New book: The Cave Fauna of California

Postby Speodesmus » Jul 28, 2017 4:47 pm

Dear friends,

A new book was published today, The Cave Fauna of California. The book is a biogeographic study by nine authors, published in the Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (PCAS) as a free pdf. Here’s the citation:

The Cave Fauna of California. William R. Elliott, James R. Reddell, D. Craig Rudolph, G.O. Graening, Thomas S. Briggs, Darrell Ubick, Rolf L. Aalbu, Jean Krejca, Steven J. Taylor. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, July 28, 2017. 311 pp., 25 tables, 9 maps, 4 graphs, 105 photos.

The pdf is posted as a free download to all on the new website

The website has details about the book and what it may mean to cavers, scientists, land managers, landowners, and conservationists. The pdf is also available at:

Starting in August printed copies may be purchased through Speleobooks at and via

We may be hosting a Saturday public “California Cave Life Symposium,” either this fall or next April at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The co-authors will give educational slide talks, followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience about caves and cave conservation needs. We will make announcements as soon as we can schedule it.

If you helped any of us co-authors on the various studies of California cave life over the past 40 years, we thank you and hope you will enjoy this book! Please let others know about it.


William R. (Bill) Elliott, Ph.D., NSS 10847 HM-FE
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