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Atyid shrimp (Typhlatya iliffei)
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Atyid shrimp fact file
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Atyid shrimp description
This small shrimp is whitish overall with some internal red pigment cells (chromatophores). The eyes are also pigmented and are directed upward through the orbit (eye socket). The walking legs are long and slender, and there is a long, simple, spine-like rostrum, but no spines exist on the smooth body surface (carapace) (2).
- Female carapace length: 6.3 - 6.5 mm (2)
Atyid shrimp biology
Nothing is known about the biology of this species.Top
Atyid shrimp range
Known only from Tucker’s Town Cave, Bermuda (2).Top
Atyid shrimp habitatTop
Atyid shrimp status
Classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List 2006 (1).Top
Atyid shrimp threats
The threats to this atyid shrimp are unknown, but its confinement to just a single cave place it in an extremely vulnerable position in which habitat degradation or alteration could rapidly lead to its extinction (2).Top
Atyid shrimp conservation
There are currently no conservation measures underway targeting this species.Top
Find out more
For more information on this atyid shrimp see:
- Anchialine Caves and Cave Fauna of the World:
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- Coastal bodies of standing waters that have no surface connections to the ocean but display both tidal fluctuations and salinity ranges characteristic of fresh and brackish waters, indicating the presence of subsurface connections to the watertable and ocean.
- Pigment-bearing cells.
- Central, forward-projecting and occasionally long spine between the eyes of crustaceans.
- IUCN Red List (January, 2007)
- Anchialine Caves and Cave Fauna of the World (February, 2007)
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