Cuban cave shrimp (Barbouria cubensis)

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Cuban cave shrimp fact file

Cuban cave shrimp description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumArthropoda
ClassCrustacea
OrderDecapoda
FamilyHippolytidae
GenusBarbouria (1)

This is a brightly coloured shrimp with an arched body and rostrum. The colour of the shrimp varies from vivid red and orange to pale yellow and cream, with numerous tiny white spots that change in the light from cream to reddish. The antennae and walking legs are white. Adult males and females are superficially indistinguishable (2).

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Cuban cave shrimp biology

Nothing is known about the biology of this species.

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Cuban cave shrimp range

Recorded from the Bahaman Islands of Abaco, Exumas and San Salvador; the Caicos Island of Providenciales; the Cayman Islands; Bermuda; Cuba; and Jamaica (2).

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Cuban cave shrimp habitat

Found free-swimming in the brackish pools within and outside anchialine limestone caves, open to sunlight (2).

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Cuban cave shrimp status

Classified as Critically Endangered (CR) on the IUCN Red List 2006 (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Critically Endangered

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Cuban cave shrimp threats

The threats to this species are unknown.

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Cuban cave shrimp conservation

There are currently no conservation measures underway targeting this species.

View information on this species at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
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Find out more

For more information on this Cuban cave shrimp see:

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Glossary

Anchialine
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.
Rostrum
Central, forward-projecting and occasionally long spine between the eyes of crustaceans.
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References

  1. IUCN Red List (January, 2007)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
  2. Anchialine Caves and Cave Fauna of the World (February, 2007)
    http://www.tamug.edu/cavebiology/fauna/shrimp/B_cubensis.html
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Cuban cave shrimp, Barbouria cubensis  
Cuban cave shrimp, Barbouria cubensis

© Dr. Thomas M. Iliffe

Dr. Thomas M. Iliffe
Department of Marine Biology
Texas A&M University at Galveston
5007 Ave. U
Galveston
TX
77551
United States of America
iliffe@cavebiology.com
http://www.cavebiology.com

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