AMCS Bulletin 26
The Astyanax Caves of Mexico
This well-illustrated book was many years in the making. It covers the Sierra de El Abra region, one of the premier cave areas of Mexico. The book includes a lot of history, biology, hydrogeology, cave accounts, caver stories, and more--something for everyone. The book contains 18 tables, 15 area maps, 53 cave maps, 3 drawings, 183 photos, 1001 references, 8 caver stories, many Spanish summaries, and acknowledgments of 282 cavers and scientists. A folded regional geologic/topographic map, 10 by 29 inches, suitable for field work is included in an envelope in the back cover.
Table of Contents
17 Ch. 1 - Introduction 21 Ch. 2 - Karst Hydrology and Cavefishes of the Sierra de El Abra Region 39 Ch. 3 - Biology of the Astyanax Cavefishes 45 Ch. 4 - Cave Ecology and Fauna of the Sierra de El Abra Region 89 Ch. 5 - Cave Exploration and Mapping in the Sierra de El Abra Region 99 Ch. 6 - Gómez Farías Area 111 Ch. 7 - Chamal-Ocampo Area 131 Ch. 8 - Northern Sierra de El Abra 147 Ch. 9 - Yerbaniz Cluster 163 Ch. 10 - Los Sabinos Area 197 Ch. 11 - Southern Sierra de El Abra 209 Ch. 12 - Micos and Tamasopo Areas 223 Ch. 13 - The Guerrero Fish Populations: Astyanax aeneus, as a Comparitive Cavefish Model 235 Ch. 14 - Conclusions and Future Work 237 Ap. 1 - Bibliography 271 Ap. 2 - Glossary of Scientific and Mexican Caving Terms 275 Ap. 3 - El Abra Cavers and Scientists 301 Ap. 4 - Forty Cave Dives in the Sierra de El Abra Region 305 Ap. 5 - How to Obtain Mexican Maps 309 Ap. 6 - Federico Bonet, 1953: Data on Caverns and Other Erosive Phenomena of the Sierra de El Abra. English translation by William R. Elliott and Jean Louis Lacaille Múzquiz