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Photo of a bristly cave crayfish, closeup showing bristles on pincers.

Bristly Cave Crayfish Pincers

The bristly cave crayfish is named for the noticeable setae (bristles) on its pincers, which help distinguish it from other cave crayfish.

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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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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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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)

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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