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June 10, 2004

CUNDALLI CAVE


Position: WGS84 - 18 24' 18.7" N, 77 52' 01.2" W, +/- 5 m

Field notes: R. S. STEWART

Cavers: R. S. Stewart, M. Taylor, D. K. Roggy

Time in: 9:30 EST, Time out: 10:00 EST

THREAT VULNERABILITY: Low

Thursday, Jun 10, 2004 saw us back in St James carrying out work on the assessment project. Arrangements had been made the day before, with the owner of an estate near Kempshot, to make a visit to two caves on, or near, their land, one of which we suspected to be Kempshot Cave. We arrived surprisingly early, at 9:30, and after having linked with one of the employees, Phillip Rynie, who had been assigned to guide us, we were soon at the first of the two caves that were to be visited.

On the side of a small hill, a medium-sized entrance, wider than high, faces 240 deg true. Beyond the entrance, a chamber extends about 20 m into the hill. Most of the cave is in the twilight zone, and no troglobytic inverts were present, but there were an unusually large number of Eleutherodactylus cundalli, frogs, living in the cave. I suspect that this had something to do with the habitat just outside of the entrance, it being very lush secondary forest cover. Surprisingly, we didn't notice any bats although it seemed to be a suitable roost for fruit-bats.

Morphologically, the cave is formed in poorly-bedded, probably tertiary, limestone. Many stals were present.

There is nothing notable about the cave except the great number of Eleuths, and because inquiries produced no name for it, and subsequent investigation determined it to be unlisted, I have decided to call it Cundalli Cave.

Soon after 10:00, we were on our way to the next target.

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