New blind and rare planthopper species and genus dwells exclusively in a Brazilian cave

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  • June 28, 2016
  • This cave planthopper species new to science is only the second dwelling exclusively in the subterranean depths of Brazil from its family. Surviving without seeing the light of the day at any point of its life, this species has neither the eyes, nor the vivid colouration, nor the functional wings typical for its relatives. Yet, […]

    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 […]

    Smeagol found underground in Brazil: New eyeless and highly modified harvestman species

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  • November 19, 2015
  • Called after Tolkien’s character from the “Lord of the Rings” series, a new eyeless harvestman species was found to crawl in a humid cave in southeastern Brazil. Never getting out of its subterranean home, the new daddy longlegs species is the most highly modified representative among its close relatives and only the second one with […]

    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 […]

    Underground gourmet: Selected terrestrial cave invertebrates and their meal preferences

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  • August 11, 2015
  • 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 […]