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KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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Cave bugs: found today, threatened tomorrow?

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Another story and blog from the archives...

So much we do not know.  What benefits, what wonders remain untapped?  

OK, it's corny, especially in this case, because I'm talking about a measly cave bug, similar to the ones that messed up GDF Realty's / WalMart construction project in Texas too.  (See the discussion in the "ESA Constitutionality" blawg -- Gotta love the purity of the species vs. property rights conflict there, huh?)   Unfortunately, these cave bugs -- already extraordinarily rare -- tend to be in very isolated locations.  So consider, for a moment, the ESA's five criteria for listing of species,as set forth in the statute at 16 U.S.C. §1533(1)(A) to (1)(E):

    * Present or threatened destruction, modification or curtailment of its habitat or range;
    * Overutilization for commercial, recreational, scientific or educational purposes;
    * Disease or predation;
    * Inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms; or
    * Other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued existence.

With one more Wal Mart in the wrong place, we could be looking at another listing, or another extinction.  Click here for original story.

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The Harvestman, photo by William Elliott, found in the Sequoia National Park caves, published at http://fdocc.blogspot.com/2006/01/new-27-cave-bugs.html

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New Animal Species Found in California Caves
January 19, 2006 — By Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Twenty-seven previously unknown species of spiders, centipedes, scorpion-like creatures and other animals have been discovered in the dark, damp caves beneath two national parks in the Sierra Nevada, biologists say...  "Not only are these animals new to science, but they're adapted to very specific environments -- some of them, to a single room in one cave," said Joel Despain, a cave specialist who helped explore 30 of the 238 known caves in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks....  The species have yet to be named, described scientifically and placed in the continuum of known living organisms.

Source: Associated Press