plant or animal
person, or thing adopted by a group as a representative symbol
terrestrial - living
on or in the ground; not aquatic
- any fresh, marine, or terrestrial crustacean of the order isopoda,
having seven pairs of legs adapted for crawling and has a flattened body
- any marine
or fresh water crustaceans of the subclass copepoda that has an elongated body
and a forked tail
Troglobites, Troglophiles, Trogloxenes
A copepod in
trogloxenes , troglophiles!! This is not gibberish. These are names of
different categories of terrestrial cave animals and bacteria. Then we
have stygobites, stygophilies, and stygloxenes. These animals and
bacteria are a bit different, they live in water. They are
aquatic. There are a lot more,
like extremophiles. These little organisms live in harsh environments
like glaciers, swamps, and volcanoes. They can not be seen with the
naked eye so you need a microscope. You might think that living in a
cave habitat can be rather difficult, and indeed it is.
Trogloxenes that you might know are: bats, bears, foxes, and
raccoons. Bats are the most common trogloxenes, and have become a cave
mascot. Trogloxenes can live above ground, or below
ground. They are cave visitors.
Troglophiles are animals that can go either way, they can live in a
cave or outside of a cave. Many of these will be insects like: crickets,
centipedes, and some salamanders. These can be called cave lovers.
Troglobites are true cave dwellers. Most troglobites have special
adaptations that help them adjust to life in complete darkness. Some
troglobites have poor eye sight or have no eyes at all. They can sense
vibrations or moving objects with their very long and sensitive
antennas. They are also able to hear, smell, and feel as well. Troglobites are pale, white, or transparent.
Because of this, troglobites can not come in contact with sunlight
because the results
can prove to be fatal. Some examples of troglobites are blind flatworms,
eyeless shrimp, isopods, and copepods.
A cave can be a habitat for many interesting life forms. These life
forms have adapted to their lives below or above the surface. These
living creatures make the world a more interesting place to be.