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Kaua‘i Cave Amphipod
Scientific name: Spelaeorchestia koloana
Hawaiian name: ‘uku noho ana
Classification: Phylum: Arthropoda. Class: Amphipoda. Family: Talitridae.
This small sand hopper is found only in a few caves on Kaua‘i and is considered federally Endangered. it is Hawaii's first endangerd arthropod. it feeds on the organic debris of decomposing plants in the caves. Its small populations are currently under threat by potential deveopment of golf courses and houses that will ultimately destroy the caves systems underneath.
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