Blindly Seeking the Blind: Assessing the Efficacy of an Environmental DNA (eDNA) Metabarcoding Approach for the Detection of Subterranean Crayfish

Surveys for cave fauna present unique challenges, as subterranean habitats often extend well beyond what surveyors can physically or safely access. These obstacles can be overcome through collection and analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) by providing information on occupying species without requiring extensive physical surveys and further anthropogenic disturbance of these delicate ecosystems. Funded in part by the 2019 SCCi Science Award.