Robinson Cave
Basic information
Sample name: Robinson Cave

Reference: J. E. Guilday, H. W. Hamilton, and A. D. McCrady. 1969. The Pleistocene vertebrate fauna of Robinson Cave, Overton County, Tennessee. Palaeovertebrata 2:25-75 [ER 3207]
Country: United States
State: Tennessee

Coordinate: 36° 17' 25" N, 85° 22' 25" W
Basis of coordinate: stated in text
Geography comments: "on the Walter Robinson farm about 8 miles southwest of Livingston... altitude c. 1200 feet"
thought to include some material as old as "late Sangamon/early Wisconsin" age and to span "a rather long period of accumulation", but "The fauna as a whole indicates a temperate/boreal, probably open, woodland" instead of a mix of environments
Climate and habitat
Lithology: not described
Taphonomic context: bird accumulation, cave
Habitat comments: the fauna "suggests a nocturnal predator such as an owl" accumulated the small mammals
Life forms: bats, carnivores, rodents, ungulates, other large mammals, other small mammals
Sample size: 6213
Years: 1962
Sampling comments: material is from three distinct sites in the cave
collecting methods are not discussed
MNIs but no specimen lists are given for salamanders, frogs, turtles, lizards, snakes, and birds
specimens of "Sangamona cf. furtiva" are excluded because they may represent Odocoileus virginianus
Sample: 3518
Contributor: John Alroy
Enterer: John Alroy
Created: 2019-09-10 22:39:43
Modified: 2019-09-10 23:00:12
Abundance distribution
46 species
8 singletons
total count 6213
standardised richness: 9.9
Fisher's α: 6.737
geometric series k: 0.8334
Hurlbert's PIE: 0.6311
Shannon's H: 1.6857
Good's u: 0.9987
Sorex arcticus208.1 g
Sorex cf. cinereus1314.1 g
Sorex dispar214.5 g
Sorex fumeus578.5 g
Sorex palustris311.4 g
Sorex hoyi342.8 g
"Microsorex hoyi"
Blarina brevicauda18415.1 g
Cryptotis parva24.3 g
Parascalops breweri15
Myotis sp.245
at least two species
Perimyotis cf. subflavus35.6 g insectivore
"Pipistrellus cf. subflavus"
Eptesicus fuscus363617.2 g insectivore
Plecotus sp.276
Tamias striatus25113 g frugivore-insectivore
Marmota monax24.5 kg
Ictidomys tridecemlineatus7160 g
"Citellus tridecemlineatus"
Sciurus niger3750 g
Tamiasciurus hudsonicus10187 g
Glaucomys sabrinus793.4 g
Glaucomys volans3467.4 g
Peromyscus cf. leucopus121.0 g
Peromyscus cf. maniculatus219.1 g
Neotoma cf. floridana858252 g
Myodes cf. gapperi6924.1 g
"Clethrionomys cf. gapperi"
Microtus cf. pennsylvanicus16535.7 g
Microtus cf. pinetorum21824.0 g
compared to "Pitymys pinetorum"
Ondatra zibethicus41.1 kg
Synaptomys cooperi8429.0 g
Synaptomys borealis121.3 g
Zapus hudsonius715.6 g
Napaeozapus insignis2122.7 g
Erethizon dorsatum19.9 kg herbivore
Leporidae indet.2
compared to Lepus or Sylvilagus
Canis cf. dirus1
Urocyon cinereoargenteus34.1 kg frugivore-carnivore
Ursus americanus10115 kg browser-insectivore
compared to Ursus americanus amplidens
Procyon lotor45.5 kg carnivore-granivore
Martes americana4
Pekania pennanti83.8 kg
"Martes pennanti"
Mustela cf. frenata1144 g carnivore
Mustela cf. nivalis177.5 g carnivore
Lynx cf. rufus279.0 kg carnivore
Odocoileus cf. virginianus275 kg herbivore
Dasypus cf. bellus1
Megalonyx jeffersonii2
Mammut americanum1