Dragons out of the dark: 6 new species of Dragon millipedes discovered in Chinese caves

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  • April 6, 2016
  • Six new species of Chinese dragon millipedes, including species living exclusively in caves, are described as a result of an international cooperation of research institutes from China, Russia and Germany. These cave species have unusually long legs and antennae, with one of them resembling a stick insect, only with a lot more legs. Others appear […]

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

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  • December 8, 2015
  • 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 […]

    Cave snail from South Korea suggests ancient subterranean diversity across Eurasia

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  • August 19, 2015
  • As tiny as 1.7 mm, a snail whose relatives live exclusively in the deep recesses of caves, provided a sensational discovery from the depths of Nodong cave, South Korea, back in 2000 for its collector, J. S. Lee. It is the only cave-dwelling representative of the family of hollow-shelled snails in the whole of Asia […]