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2011-04-28 16:31:01
These interesting insects are known from a single cave in Guinea's Simandoa Range, where they were discovered in 2002. They feed on guano of giant fruit bats that inhabit the cave, and help recycle and and re-release the nutrients trapped in it. This species was named after CI because it exemplifies important but generally under-appreciated ecosystem services provided by many non-charismatic organisms – services that make life of other organisms, humans included, possible.