The Cave Environment and Habitat

Cave Environment

Uncommon and rare are the words for creatures that can live in the depths of a cave. It is a relatively empty environment, full of darkness and often without life. It is a place removed from the light and the rain which abundantly produce plants and give animals food.

Cave Creatures

Clockwise: cave spider (Amblipygot sp.), cave crab, cave salamander (Eurycot sp), cave beetle (Rhadinot sp.), cave cricket (Amphiacustot sp), fruit bats.

Although somewhat common throughout the world, the interior of a cave is an unusual habitat to most animals and plants. In fact very few move beyond the openings to reside in the depths of the cave. Genuine cave dwellers face strong environmental pressure. The most commonly noted response to caves is the reduction or loss of sight. Animals will use sound, echo-location, and heat sensing techniques to find their way around or to capture prey.

Bats are probably the most well-known of the cave denizens and its use of echolocation instead of sight is almost equally known. Other environmental acclimation also takes place. A larger size is not uncommon, such as the cave cricket which is 2-3 times larger than normal crickets. Similarly the cave spider (which technically is not considered a spider but is an arachnid of the Amblypigot group) is large, flat, and has huge, spiked antennae that function for capturing prey. Other animals with limited vision, such as the cave crab, also function well in the darkness. In lower oxygen environments, the cave salamander is one of few that have gills extending outward.

Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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