In a paper published in the journal Ecologica Montenegrina on 9 November 2016, Dmitry Sidorov from Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Vladivostok dessribed a new amphipod species from Caucasus. New species of amphipod species inhabits sandy and muddy bottoms with water temperature + 12–13 °C in Novy Afon cave in Abkhazia.
The new species Zenkevitchia karamani, is named in honor of famous zoologist Gordan S. Karaman (Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, Podgorica) for his outstanding contribution to the amphipod systematics.
“This is fifth species of Zenkevitchia described from the Abkhazian caves. The stygobiont fauna of underground biotopes of Caucasus is still poorly known as well as taxonomic composition of amphipod crustaceans in most areas of Abkhazian caves remains relatively unknown” the author of paper explained.