Huge organs defy austerity for tiny cave snails in the subterranean realm

  • December 8, 2015
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    While most of the knowledge about tiny snails comes from studying empty shells sifted out from piles of dust and sand, the present research is the first contemporary microscopic exploration of organs in cave snails tinier than 2 mm. The paper, published in the open-access journal Subterranean Biology, reveals that underneath the seemingly fragile shells […]

    Underground gourmet: Selected terrestrial cave invertebrates and their meal preferences

  • August 11, 2015
  • Eukoenenia spelaea microwhip scorpion

    Doubting whether terrestrial cave invertebrates feed on just anything they can find in the harsh food-wise environment underground, Dr. Jaroslav Smrz, fromCharles University, Vinicna, and his international team conducted a research in Slovakian and Romania caves. They tested the hypothesis that these species have rather negligible selection of food. Their microanatomical research into the gut […]