Current status of Faunal diversity of Siju Cave, South Garo Hills, Meghalaya
Keywords:Biospeleology, Do·bak Khol, Karst Topography, Limestone Cave, Troglofauna
Siju Cave located in the South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya was extensively surveyed by the Zoological Survey of India team led by Stanley Kemp and B. Chopra in 1922 for documenting its faunal diversity. That study led to the documentation of a total of 102 species including descriptions of several new species. During the 2018-2020 period, multiple surveys were undertaken to reassess the present faunal composition of the cave. Our study records only 36 species belonging to 11 major faunal groups, including 11 new records of the Cave. Among the 36 species documented, three species belong to different threatened categories of the IUCN redlist.