Procarid shrimp (Procaris chacei)

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Procarid shrimp fact file

Procarid shrimp description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumArthropoda
ClassCrustacea
OrderDecapoda
FamilyProcarididae
GenusProcaris (1)

This procarid shrimp has a thin, fragile integument (hard outer covering of the body). The carapace and short, triangular rostrum are unarmed, and the eyestalks split into two blunt lobes. All five pairs of walking limbs (pereiopods) are similar, each with large, bristle-like structures (2).

Size
Carapace length: 10 mm (2)
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Procarid shrimp biology

Nothing is known about the biology of this species.

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Procarid shrimp range

Recorded only from Green Bay Cave in Hamilton Parish, Bermuda (2).

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Procarid shrimp habitat

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Procarid 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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Procarid shrimp threats

The threats to this species are unknown.

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Procarid 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 procarid 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.
Carapace
The hard shell covering the upper surface of part of the body of a crustacean.
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/P_chacei.html
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Procaris chacei  
Procaris chacei

© 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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