BIO 203

The Ozark Cavefish

Hello all! Welcome to "The Ghost of Oz". This website is entirely dedicated to the Ozark cavefish, also known as Amblyopsis rosae. The Ozark cavefish is 90 mm long by the time it is considered fully grown (Adams and Johnson 2001). They are white, almost transparent, to a light pink in color (Handwerk, 2003 and United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), 2013). Throughout the rest of this website, we refer to the Ozark cavefish as the Ghost of Oz, not only because of where it lives, but also because of its transparent appearance.

Throughout the pages of this website, we are going to discuss the different aspects of the Ozark cavefish. These include: classification, habitat, adaptations, interactions with other species, reproduction, endangered species and other interesting facts.

Within the classification section, the discussion is going to be based on the characteristics of the Ozark Cavefish that place the fish within each taxonomic category.

Within the habitat section, the discussion is going to be based on the types of habitats the Ozark Cavefish maintains, the level of specialization for life in those environments and the other organisms that occupy the same region.

The adaptations section is going to continue the conversation of specializations required for the specific environment, as well as how the organism senses and reacts to stimuli in the ecosystem.

The next page, interactions with other species, will discuss topics of mutualism with other organisms in the ecosystem, as well as interactions with humans. This page is also going to focus on the types of food and nourishment that the Ozark Cavefish requires, as well as the ways in which the fish acquires the necessary nutrients.

The reproduction page will go into detail about the reproductive cycle of the Ozark Cavefish, as well as the specific conditions required for reproduction to occur.

Within the endangered species section, the discussion will be focused on the reasons for which the Ozark Cavefish is listed as an endangered species.

If you would still like to know more about this organism, visit the interesting facts page!

Next, check out our classification page, to find out more about the origins of the Ozark cavefish.

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