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Researchers sample a DC swamp to study a spineless creature

20:00 EDT 18 Jun 2017 | AAAS

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Its name is Stygobromus hayi, the Hay's Spring amphipod. It is spineless. It lacks vision. It is an opportunistic feeder, consuming whatever resources are available -- perhaps including the remains of its own kind. That is where its similarities to some of Washington, D.C.'s more notorious megafauna end. Researchers report on a way to survey it without threatening its existence, as other studies had done.

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