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The Ultimate Cave Biology Quiz
by Staff
Man has come a long way since the times of the caveman, yet people are still fascinated by caves. These dark worlds are home to complex ecosystems waiting to be discovered. Take this quiz to see how much you know about cave biology.

What is the recreational exploration of caves called?

  • spelunking
  • speleology
  • biospeleology

Why are caves a challenging place for organisms to live in?

  • due to their low humidity
  • due to their lack of oxygen
  • due to the gasses they contain

Who is the best known cave-dweller?

  • fish
  • bats
  • spiders

Which of the following creatures may live in caves part of the time?

  • bears
  • rabbits
  • snakes

What is regressive evolution?

  • species going to live in caves
  • species dying out and disappearing
  • species losing features to adapt to an environment

How does understanding the genetic adaptation of cave organisms help us?

  • It gives us an understanding of human genetic abnormalities.
  • It helps us to learn how to take care of certain species and animals.
  • It helps us to understand cave conservation.

Cave organisms are categorized into three groups. What factor determines which category they will be classed into?

  • their size
  • their function
  • the time they spend in the cave

Trogloxenes are the first category of cave organisms. What do they use caves for?

  • eating
  • hibernating
  • shelter

When do troglophiles leave the cave?

  • when they are hungry
  • when they are bored
  • when they get too cold

What is unique about troglobites?

  • They cannot survive outside of a cave.
  • They spend most of their life sleeping.
  • They have very short antennae.

What condition exists in the entrance zone of a cave?

  • no sunlight
  • few plants
  • variable temperatures

What is the middle section of a cave called?

  • midnight
  • sunrise
  • twilight

In the _____ zone of the cave, there is no light at all.

  • night
  • dark
  • black

How do troglobites survive without any plants to supply food?

  • They eat plant matter that is brought into the cave.
  • They survive off a complex food chain system.
  • Both of the above.

What do the smallest organisms in the food chain eat?

  • bat poop
  • each other
  • algae

Why is the cave food chain referred to as a cave food pyramid?

  • There are less evolved creatures at the top of the food chain.
  • There are a lot more organisms at the bottom of the cave food chain.
  • The food chain in caves is well-established and unchanging.

Some centipedes have grown so large in caves that they have been spotted eating what?

  • bats
  • frogs
  • insects

At the end of which century did people start to study cave biology?

  • 1600s
  • 1700s
  • 1800s

What did the Federal Cave Resources Protection Act of 1988 decree?

  • It is a criminal offense to disturb or ruin a cave.
  • It is a criminal offense to go inside a cave unaccompanied.
  • It is a criminal offense to take photos inside a cave.

Why do biologist keep their best caves secret?

  • Cave creatures like come out when it is quiet.
  • In order to get credit for new findings.
  • Visitors may ruin the cave.