New creatures have been located in the caves of Ohio. Erin Hazelton, an ecologist with Ohio’s Natural Areas and Preserves, is excited. She said the creatures are just the tip of the iceberg because they were located in a relative shallow position.
The Coshocton Tribune.com carries a report titled “Ohio caves yield new creatures” where we are told that Horton H. Hobbs III, a professor at Witten University, conducted a bio-survey of 230 known caverns in Ohio.
Perhaps the most exciting and interesting features about these new species is their formation and adaptability because they are underground.
For example, because they are in a cave environment and underground by definition they will be small because there is not as large an array of animals to eat or quantities for that matter.
There was a new shrimp-like amphipod that was on the order of brine shrimp but was very intimidating because of multiple limbs and antennae.
My personal interest is the reports on different spiders and on this survey trip I was not disappointed.
Two new dwarf spiders were found. They were only a quarter of an inch in size but had very large legs.
The spiders were white and were web weavers. They had no eyes.
When you stop and think about it, they don’t need eyes because they are in the dark and they are white because they have no pigmentation because there is no sunlight.
The question could fairly be asked “Why are researchers just now examining underground caves in Ohio?”
Again, it has peripherally to do with the examination spirit that has come along with the economic troubles.
There have been complaints of water quality so these people have gone underground to see for themselves the quality of water.
When I was growing up my father bought a home that was very cheap. That was the order of the day in the mid 1950’s.
Very often contractors or real estate agents would leave part of the house incomplete giving the homeowner a chance to save money by completing it themselves.
In our case they didn’t complete the basement. Now when I say they didn’t complete the basement, I mean to say there were still areas of soil and weeds down there.
My dad was never able to do anything with that and ultimately we had bugs and spiders; we had many, many bugs and spiders.
My father took a couple bugs to my school that he found because he was worried about their potential infestation of the house.
My science teacher took an interest and to make a long story short was unable to exactly identify the bugs.
It was felt that it wasn’t a new species rather that it was regular household pest that had changed because of the dampness and darkness over the period of several years.
That was the feeling of the “bug expedition” in Ohio; they simply found species hat hadn’t looked for in the past.