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Image of camel cricket (cave cricket).

Camel Crickets (Cave Crickets)

Numerous species.
Humps aren’t just for camels, they’re for crickets, too! These odd-looking insects are commonly found in caves, basements, cellars and similar places.

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Ghost Fish of the Ozarks

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Blind cavefish eke out an existence deep underground.

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Illustration of Grotto and Banded Sculpins.

Grotto and Banded Sculpins

Grotto sculpin (left) are a cave-dwelling type of banded sculpin (right). Biologists may soon determine that grotto sculpin deserve their own scientific name, separate from the "regular" banded sculpin.

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Illustration of a grotto sculpin, side view.

Grotto Sculpin

Cottus specus
A rare fish adapted cave conditions, the grotto sculpin used to be considered simply a different form of banded sculpin. It has recently been designated an endangered species under the Federal Endangered Species Act. It's found only in Perry County, Missouri.

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Grotto Sculpin

Grotto sculpin are adapted for cave life. The overall color is light tan to bleached tan, with underparts unpigmented.

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Illustration of a grotto sculpin, side view.

Grotto Sculpin (Side View)

The grotto sculpin is a unique, cave-dwelling population of banded sculpin found only in Perry County, Missouri. Unlike other banded sculpin, grotto sculpin have smaller eyes, paler bodies and other features fitting them for cave life.

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Photo of an Indiana myotis hanging from a cave ceiling.

Indiana Myotis (Indiana Bat)

Myotis sodalis
The Indiana myotis, or Indiana bat, summers along streams and rivers in north Missouri, raising its young under the bark of certain trees. It is an endangered species.

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Photo of an Indiana myotis hanging from a cave ceiling.

Indiana Myotis (Indiana Bat)

The Indiana myotis, or Indiana bat, summers along streams and rivers in north Missouri, raising its young under the bark of certain trees. It is an endangered species.

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Photo of a little brown myotis hanging from cave wall with lesions on its wrist.

Little Brown Myotis (Little Brown Bat)

Little brown myotises hibernate in winter limestone caves and mines, mostly in the Ozarks. In spring they disperse up to 620 miles. In spring and summer, females live in nursery colonies in cliff crevices and hollow trees, under loose bark, in attics, and other undisturbed retreats. Males are solitary or live in colonies up to 20 in similar protected sites, including under siding and shingles.

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