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30 years of

black Proteus

Proteus stranded photo Gregor Aljancic Mediuma black proteus photo Gregor Aljancic

One of the world's

prime symbols of natural heritage and its history

of research, known under the vernacular name "human fish"

or the olm.

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During seasonal flooding,  some Proteus get washed out of their cave habitat.

Emergency call for salvaging  washed-out Proteus:

031/ 804 163

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Morphologically most distinct and rare; limited to less than 30 km2 in SE Slovenia.

Even a local pollution may destroy it.

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eDNA monitoring

Tular Cave Lab


Hutovo Blato photo Gregor Aljancic a

Tular photo Gregor Aljancic Mediuma

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Innovative method to survey Proteus distribution through the detection of its eDNA trace; CEPF, BirdLife International, 2013–2014; 2016

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Tular is a conglomerate cave in Kranj, Slovenia. In 1960 it was turned into a cave laboratory by speleobiologist Marko Aljančič.

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With Proteus we share dependence on groundwater (NGO Programme, EEA Grants & Norway Grants; 2015).

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