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Cave Life

Some of the following identifications (in itallics) have been suggested by our online cave biology specilalist consultant, Arthur Clarke (Tasmania). These are preliminary identifications based on low resolution images sent by email. Other comments have been added by non-biologist expedition members).

1. Xiao Shin Dong. 2.4m snake found inside cave, then captured by locals.
2. Wei Dong Entrance - Snake had residency at foot of entrance pitch. (never moving from this rock), until a careless boot trod on it! Approx 60cm long.
3. Skulls recovered from 80m shaft in Forest Park (Jian Shi Shaft). LHS=probable mammal skull, RHS = monkey skull.
4. Bat skeleton found beneath roost in empty gour pool. Lao pung Tiankeng.
5. Ancient calcified bone. Lao Pung Tiankeng.

6. Found in small rock pool (may have been a local fishermans catch!) just above terminal sump pool (Number Eight Cave)
Sinocyclocheilus sp. (Cyprinidae)

Possibly the already described cavefish "Sinocyclocheilus
furcodorsalis
Chen, Yang et Lan 1997 (Cyprinidae)" which has been previously collected from a stream cave in Tian'e and was described by Chen, Yang and Lan in 1997. (It is vaguely possible that it may be a new species of Sinocyclocheilus.)

7. Siluridae. A pair, found in Brick Kiln Cave in very shallow running water (swimming together)
Commonly called catfish (Siluridae) because of their paired
"whiskers" (actually called "barbels").
8. Family Balitoridae also found in small rock pool (may have been a local fishermans catch!) just above terminal sump pool (Number Eight Cave)
Commonly referred to as a "loach", this cavefish appears to be a
species of "Triplophysa (?) sp.
(Balitoridae)"


9. Wei Dong sump pool. Inquisitive, pigmented fish.
Commonly called catfish (Siluridae) because of their paired
"whiskers" (actually called "barbels").
10. Small mammal recovered from 80m shaft in Forest Park (Jian Shi Shaft)
11. Threads of non-glowing worms in Rat Shit Cave. Three worms collected (approx 19mm, transparent, mobile)
12. Rats nest in Rat Shit Cave. Strong pungent odour apparent. Fresh droppings throughout cave. Nest found at lowest point of cave in dry calcite flow lead. (Unknown source of food since escape from chamber unlikely)
13. Lao Pung Tiankeng. Bat clinging to rock 1.5m from ground. On exiting the 84m rope pitch at dusk, bats of various sizes were seen leaving the Tiankeng (Cliff-sided doline)
14. Golden Bug (resembling a tacky button!) Found in vegetation outside exit of Brick Kiln Cave. Opaque circular shield provided protection. Suction pads on feet clamped shield to floor when disturbed. Winged and capable of flight.
15. Recently fallen monkey. 80m shaft in Forest Park (Jian Shi Shaft)
16. 'Hairy Mary' Giant centipede found in Brick Kiln Cave. On capture, a detached leg continued to twitch vigourously! Nasty bite from this creature I reckon.
17. Cave Cricket - Hei Dong (fossil cave)