Speleological Preservation and Exploration
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All animals that live in caves are classified into three groups: Trogloxenes, troglophiles, and troglobites.
Trogloxenes are animals that are sometimes found in caves, but do not depend on them at any point of there life. Most are rarely found beyond the light of the entrance.
Troglophiles are animals that make caves their home. They depend on caves to live but must venture out from time to time in order to survive.
Troglobites are true cave dwellers. They depend on the cave to survive and usually never leave through their entire life span. These species are usually blind and lack any skin pigment. Most would die if brought outside of the cave it lives in.
All these animials can be classified into two groups as well.
Vertebrates are animals with a segmented spinal column and usually have a well developed brain.
Invertebrates are animals that do not have a backbone and have a less developed brain.
Blind Cave Fish
Small Mammals, Rodents