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Got to hit a few more Chinese caves in 2014. Great fun and good times with my collaborator, Dr. Yahui Zhao. I also had Daphne Soares and Andy Gluesenkamp caving with me over there. They were a blast. The focus of the work in China is to document the ranges of endangered groundwater fishes as well as to make bioinventories of cave life in southern China. So far, I have loved every minute of it.
Guangxi is loaded with beautiful karst landscapes. This is Cone Karst.
So many stunning vistas in China
Daphne trying to net a cavefish.
This is the kind of cavefish Daphne was after (Sinocyclocheilus)
Andy & Yahui prepare a fish trap
After hours of soaking, the net is brought up and Andy has his first blind Chinese Cave fish.
A new species of Cave Loach (Oreonectes)!
Lots of time spent swimming in subterranean rivers and lakes
We found quite a few spectacular species (Sinocyclocheilus angularis)
A beautiful karst river. The color of the water is caused by aluminum sulphate that dissolved out of the limestone.
Lots of time was spent photographing cavefish in-situ
Another find during the trip, the Double Horned Golden Line Barbel (Sinocyclocheilus bicornutus)
Found some of these species at a pumping station located deep beneath a mountain (Triplophysa macrocephala)
Daph and Yahui after a long day of caving
Lots of good invertebrates like this giant House Centipede
A sleeping bat hanging from the cave ceiling
Blind cave snail from an unnamed cave near Mulun, Guangxi, China
First time a live Chinese Blindcat has ever been photographed (Xiurenbagrus dorsalis) - second specimen ever found.
These guys are beautiful
We all had a great time caving for almost 5 weeks
First time for everything...a cave river whirlpool
Daph tries to hold the mountain of gear in the back of the car
I think that we all challenged the dress codes of the hotels and restaurants...