The Conservation International (CI) Blattodean
NEW SPECIES: The Conservation International (CI) Blattodean (Simandoa conserfariam).
Named for Conservation International, this beetle is known only from
one cave in Guinea's Simandou Range, where it was found by a CI RAP
expedition in 2002. Its eating habits are of note, as it consumes giant
fruit bat guano (droppings), helping to recycle the nutrients found in
the droppings. Perhaps not as exciting as a mammal, it and other beetles
have a vital role in the ecosystem, often overlooked, performing
services such as recycling.