The great survivors of the animal world can be found in various parts of caves. Some are troglobites, others not, but they are generally paler than those seen around the home.

 

32 Cockroach Foraging in Root Mats

Unidentified species foraging on a root mat in a Nullarbor cave.

 

33 Blattellinae; Neotemnopteryx douglasi cockroach Tp YN

Troglophile cockroach Neotemnopteryx douglasi at Yanchep.

 

34 RAnderson Napiers 2013 16

Troglobitic Nocticola sp. cockroach in the Napier Range, West Kimberley.

Isopods are a class of small crustaceans which include the common slater.

 

35 IMill

Troglobitic philoscid isopod in cave at Witchcliffe

 

36 Ngilgi Cave troglobite Philoscid isopod

Troglobitic philoscid isopod in cave at Yallingup

 

37 deepdene spikey isopod Brett

Spiky isopods in an Augusta cave

Velvet worms or onychophorans can be found in a cave at Yanchep. These delightfully appealing little worms, which average 2–4 cm in length, have a body structure which has scarcely changed over many millions of years.

 

38 Onychophora

 

39 Onychophora

Pseudoscorpions appear so ferocious, it is perhaps fortunate that they are only a couple of centimetres in length!

 

40 RAnderson Napiers troglophile Pseudoscorpion

Pseudoscorpion from the Napier Range, West Kimberley

 

41 RAnderson Napiers 2013 18

Pseudoscorpion from the Napier Range, West Kimberley

 

42 Pseudoscorpionidea Cheliferidae; Protochelifer cavernarum Trogloxene (Tz) SH

Protochelifer cavernarum photographed in the Cervantes area

 

43 LNNP QuinLake RAnderson (3)

Protochelifer cavernarum(?) in a south-west cave

 

 44 scorpion3 crop smallest

A pseudoscorpion with a tineid moth in its pincers, Yanchep

 

45 Tyrranochthonius sp. Pseudoscorpion trog  Ruddocks

Troglobitic pseudoscorpion, Tyrranochthonius sp., Yanchep

 

46 Tyrranochthonius sp. Pseudoscorpion trog  YN11

Troglobitic pseudoscorpion, Tyrranochthonius sp., Yanchep