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New 'Assassin Bug' Species Discovered in Arizona Cave


The bug, which has been christened the "labyrinth bug" (Phasmatocoris labyrinthicus), was found in Kartchner Caverns State Park, a massive cave system located in Cochise County, Ariz. The insect was first observed about 22 years ago, during studies that were conducted before the cave was developed into a state park, but at the time, researchers were unaware they had stumbled on a previously unrecognized species, said Robert Pape, an associate in the department of entomology at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

"It was actually found at that time, but it wasn't recognized as being anything special," Pape, who documented the new species in a study published June 12 in the journal Zootaxa, told LiveScience's OurAmazingPlanet. "They figured it was an accidental sighting of something from the surface."

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