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Sat Dec 19, 2020, 02:31 PM

Deadly centipede 'king' rules over a poison hellscape cave

By Mindy Weisberger - Senior Writer 6 hours ago

Romania's toxic Movile Cave is home to more than 50 species.



All hail the king of the cave; long may he reign.
(Image: Varpu Vahtera, Pavel Stoev, Nesrine Akkari/Zookeys, doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1004.58537)

A venomous centipede is the top predator in a pitch-black poison cave that hasn't seen daylight in more than 5.5 million years.

Located in Romania, Movile Cave is over 65 feet (20 meters) below the surface, and its warm, moist air is low in oxygen and thick with toxic gasses, which feed chemosynthetic bacteria. Yet despite these seemingly hellish conditions, the cave hosts a diverse community of spiders, scorpions and other arthropods, along with snails, earthworms and cave leeches.

Now, scientists have added a newfound species to the list: a centipede that they named Cryptops speleorex, "which can be translated to the 'king of the cave,'" researchers said in a statement.

The "king" measures no more than 2 inches (52 millimeters) long, but it is the largest of the cave's predatory arthropods "by far," ruling its domain with deadly bites, the researchers reported in a new study, published online Dec. 16 in the journal ZooKeys.

More:
https://www.livescience.com/venomous-centipede-king-rules-hell-cave.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 02:52 PM

1. Nope.

Won't be spelunking in that cave.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 03:07 PM

3. Lol

I won't be spelunking in ANY cave.

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Response to Faux pas (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 03:30 PM

4. Same here. I'm incredibly phobic!

Just kill me instead.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 20, 2020, 11:18 AM

5. Let's

not go that far, we won't make you

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 19, 2020, 03:03 PM

2. I have to give kudos to the people who go in there.

Ewww!! I could not enter a cave let alone one with preditory arthropods.

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