Content tagged with "cave wildlife"

Scuds (Amphipods)

Photo of amphipod on a rock
Species in the crustacean order Amphipoda
Often overlooked by people, but eagerly sought by fish, Missouri’s amphipods could be described as “shrimplike sowbugs.” They live in various aquatic habitats, and several species inhabit caves. More

Southern Cavefish

Image of a southern cave fish
Typhlichthys subterraneus
Has a long, flattened head without eyes (the only other Missouri fish that lacks eyes is the Ozark cavefish). Unpigmented, resulting in a whitish-pink appearance due to blood vessels under the skin. More

Two Grotto Sculpin

Photo of two grotto sculpin.
Grotto sculpin live in and around 6 cave systems in Perry County. Adult length is between 2½ and 4 inches. More