|The cave amphipod norcapensis mandibulis, an endemic genus|
known from only four caves at an altitude of about
200 metres in Cape Range, Western Australia.
''It's almost like when Captain Cook first reached our shores and saw kangaroos,'' say professors Craig Simmons and Peter Cook, of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. ''We're aware that these strange creatures exist but we are discovering new ones all the time, and we still know little of what they do.''
Simmons says: ''These little Australians are really just becoming known to science, and they continually surprise us with their diversity and quaint characteristics. So far as the public is concerned, we've barely begun to explore this fascinating underground world of curious creatures.''
Source: Canberra Times