Biospeology is the scientific study of organisms living in caves. Plants, which need light for photosynthesis, can be found only in the entrance area of caves. Animals permanently living in caves are called troglobites. But most animals thought to be cave animals, like bats and cave bears, are just visitors to caves! Many animals use caves temporary for hibernation.
|Troglobiont||Eutroglobiont||Cave animals||stygobite||An animal that lives in a cave and is unable to live outside of it. Troglobionts usually have troglomorphic adaptions.|
|Troglophil||Eutroglophil||cave loving animals||stygophile||An animal which frequently completes its life cycle in caves but is not confined to this habitat.|
|Trogloxen||Subtroglophil||Cave Visitor||stygoxene||An animal which lives above ground but visits the cave for certain reasons (overnight, hibernation, hideout,...).|
|Eutrogloxen||Accidential Visitor||An animal which is not living in cave and gets there by accident.|