Caves are considered as unique natural laboratories for studying biological and geological processes. Constant geophysical characteristics, perpetual darkness, low energy input with all such unique characteristics caves harbour a typical set of fauna especially adapted for the subterranean environments (Biswas, 2010; Biswas & Harries, 2011). The region of the Burmese arc including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is characterized by highly seismic, seismic and aseismic zones, with earthquake segments of shallow to intermediate centre in the earth crust (Kumar, 1990). The tectonic activity of the Andaman area is intense along two broad belts: the western non-volcanic arc comprising the Andaman Nicobar Islands, and the eastern volcanic arc. The eastern island arc is the most active belt along which a lithospheric convergence has taken place (Jafri et al., 1993).
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