VANCOUVER – Species of newly-discovered insects found in British Columbia may survive from the last ice age, saying scientists.
Haplocampa wagnelli, an artropod found in a limestone cave near Port Alberni on the Vancouver Island, is approximately three to four millimeters long, with six legs, eyes, and hard color, almost visible .
Alberto Sendra, who is the main author of a survey published in the Subterranean Biology magazine on Tuesday, said that his & her; Small bones can open opportunities such as living species in different situations and situations.
"This is a really fascinating species because it seems to have lived underground in caves – for a long time or less," said Sendra in an interview.
"This means that they can survive in the glacial time. And this is amazing because there are no examples of species that live in underground and northern areas."
Sendra, a professor of animal biology at the University of Alcala in Madrid, said the beast could migrate north from the United States and settled in the caves in Vancouver.
He said he can not say what age the insect is – it is precisely, and that his find is & # 39; raise a number of questions.
"How can they live there? It will open up their future potential to find species in other places where no one can see them," he said.
"We always look warmer in the southern end and this species suggests that we need to look for this more in the North Hemisphere."
The name of the midwives is expressed to & # 39; investigate and analyze co-author Craig Wagnell, who spent years to & # 39; cave caves on Vancouver Island.
A group from the Central Isles Cash Club, which included Wagnell, began to start; first criterion in 2017, and Sendra said he spent his last year exploring.
Unlike most species that are suitable for long and narrow caves, there is only an antenna and legs a bit further afield with a & # 39; This insect and a group more often, according to a press release that mentions the survey.
It also shows close relationships with species found in Japan and Siberia, which is evidence for discharged events in which a population would have. crossing the landwreck that linked to America and Asia, the message said.
The survey said that there are more maps and caves investigated at Vancouver Island, the rest of Canada combined, many of which include special features, and # 39; including streams and rivers that run throughout most of the year.
The caves help the streams to; maintains water and quality water temperatures all year round, which helps with different fish and wildlife, said the survey, saying that many have been done to protect the caves from a & # 39 ; logging, using mining and recreational activities.
Some of the caves were misused and more needs to be done to protect their unique protection and wildlife, researchers said.