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Get to know the seventy cave species brought to light in this 40-page booklet.

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An Underground Adventure

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A Boy Scout field trip molded a generation of conservationists.

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Photo of an aquatic isopod in an aquarium, crawling on a rock.

Aquatic Pillbugs and Sowbugs (Aquatic Isopods)

Freshwater aquatic members of the crustacean order Isopoda
Everyone knows about terrestrial sowbugs and pillbugs, but many isopod species are aquatic. Missouri has several isopods that live in streams, ponds, rivers, and caves.

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Below Missouri Karst

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Eons in the making, Missouri's geology naturally gives rise to caves.

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Building on Karst Best Practices

To protect Missouri's cave wildlife and water quality, use best practices when building on karst topography.

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Photo of a cave isopod on a wet rock.

Cave Isopod

At least seven of Missouri’s cave isopods are Species of Conservation Concern. Their populations are vulnerable because of their extremely limited range (often, they are confined to a single cave system) and overall small numbers. In cases like these, pollutants from a single fertilizer spill, or the accumulated siltation from surface earthworks, or too much agricultural runoff, could wipe them out.

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Cave Pioneers

See how these pioneers have laid the groundwork for continuing cave exploration.

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Cave Regulations

The Wildlife Code of Missouri protects our state's ecologically sensitive caves and the wildlife that depend on them. It is illegal to enter a conservation-area cave unless you have a special-use permit.

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Cave Restoration

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Cave teams go underground to mop up after vandals.

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