June 20, 2013 · Uncategorized

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The past few months have been incredibly busy. Starting a new conservation program at the San Antonio Zoo is more than a full time job. I have been able to get into the field a bit and have made a few meetings. Decided to crunch several caving trips into one post for simplicity. So, lets start with caving in Tennessee and Alabama with Matt Niemiller……

Fenolio in Franklin Co, TN June 2013

Caving in Tennessee with Matt Niemiller.

Caecidotea sp,  Franklin Co, TN LR-M

Gravid groundwater isopod (Caecidotea) from a Tennessee cave.

Gravid groundwater isopod (Caecidotea) from a Tennessee cave.

Gravid groundwater isopod (Caecidotea) from a Tennessee cave.

The Prickly Cave Crayfish (Cambarus hamulatus)

The Prickly Cave Crayfish (Cambarus hamulatus)

The Prickly Cave Crayfish (Cambarus hamulatus)

The Prickly Cave Crayfish (Cambarus hamulatus)

The Prickly Cave Crayfish (Cambarus hamulatus) in-situ

The Prickly Cave Crayfish (Cambarus hamulatus) in-situ

The Southern Cavefish (Typhlichthys subterraneus) Marion Co., TN

The Southern Cavefish (Typhlichthys subterraneus) Marion Co., TN

A fly at the mouth of a cave in Marion Co., TN

A fly at the mouth of a cave in Marion Co., TN

A cave millipede in Marion County, TN

A cave millipede in Marion County, TN

A cave spider (Nesticus cf barri) in a cave from Marion Co., TN

A cave spider (Nesticus cf barri) in a cave from Marion Co., TN

Lots of cave adapted opilionids on this trip.

Lots of cave adapted opilionids on this trip.

An Opilionid from a Southern Tennessee cave

An Opilionid from a Southern Tennessee cave

Another cave adapted opilionid

Another cave adapted opilionid

A "Frosted" Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) from Marion Co., TN

A "Frosted" Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) from Marion Co., TN

Easily the best looking salamander from the trip: "Frosted" Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) from Marion Co., TN

Easily the best looking salamander from the trip: "Frosted" Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) from Marion Co., TN

Closer view of the "Frosted" Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) from Marion Co., TN

Closer view of the "Frosted" Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) from Marion Co., TN

A Spring Salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyreticus) from a cave in Marion Co., TN

A Spring Salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyreticus) from a cave in Marion Co., TN

A Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) from Marion Co., TN

A Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) from Marion Co., TN

Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) from Marion Co., TN

Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) from Marion Co., TN

Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) from Marion Co., TN

Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) from Marion Co., TN

A strange amphibian to run into deep within a Tennessee cave.....

A strange amphibian to run into deep within a Tennessee cave.....

A nice topside encounter

A nice topside encounter

Another topside encounter, a Slime Mold, "Red Raspberry Slime" (Tubifera ferruginosa)

Another topside encounter, a Slime Mold, "Red Raspberry Slime" (Tubifera ferruginosa)

More to come….

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3 comments on “Appalachian Caving”

  1. Juan Castillo:

    How big are these isopods? Do most of the ones you find have eggs?
    Gracias, Juan


  2. Dante:

    Juan-the isopods are less than an inch in total length. I have only found a few brooding eggs like this.

    Cheers & Thanks-Dante


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