The troglobitic beetle, Cansiliella servadeii percolating water on moonmilk, a speleothem formation in Grotta della Foos, Italy. Results from analyses of stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen suggest that acquires and assimilates dissolved allochthonous organic carbon, inorganic nitrogen, and possibly phosphorus and other nutrients from the microbial fauna associated with moonmilk.
Paoletti, Maurizio G.; Mattia Beggio; Angelo Leandro Dreon; Alberto Pamio; Tiziano Gomiero; Mauro Brilli; Luca Dorigo; Giuseppe Concheri; Andrea Squartini; and Annette Summers Engel.
A New foodweb based on microbes in calcitic caves: The Cansiliella (Beetles) case in Northern Italy.
International Journal of Speleology,
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