Tiny bug found in Grand Canyon region cave suggests big biodiversity Northern Arizona University
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (April 3, 2008) -- The discovery of a new genus of a tiny booklouse from a northern Arizona cave may lead to further protection for cave ecosystems.
J. Judson "Jut" Wynne, a Northern Arizona University doctoral student and cave research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Southwest Biological Science Center, and Kyle Voyles, a cave researcher from Parashant National Monument, recently discovered a new genus of psocopteran (booklouse) from a cave on the western edge of the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.
This is the third new genus of invertebrates found by the two scientists since 2006. Wynne and Voyles discovered a new cricket genus and a new millipede genus in Grand Canyon region caves. They also have unearthed 15 new insect species from Grand Canyon region caves.