We report the discovery of a new species of nematode, Mesorhabditis acidophila, that thrives in the highly acidic environment of the snottite.
Snottite samples were collected in an area north of the "Ragu Passage," Snottite age was determined as follows: young snottites had a completely white outer surface, a uniform thickness over the entire length, and were not collapsed in the middle.
Attempts were made to culture the snottite species on other bacteria, but this failed.
Six snottite samples, equally divided into "younger" and "older" snottites, were fixed and used to determine mite-snottite-nematode relationships.
a bacteriophagous nematode that was found exclusively in the acidic environment of the snottite (Fig.
The cave's fish and insects devour the snottites
, which derive energy from sulfur (much like common plants using sunlight for fuel).