Behavior

Remipedes are typically observed swimming in the water column in most caves. However, in one cave in Mexico the remipedes are more frequently swimming along the surface of the sediment. Some of these remipedes have been observed

An individual of the species Speleonectesgironensis from Cuba. (Photo by Jill Yager and Dennis Williams. Reproduced by permission.)

resting motionless on the sediment and sometimes grooming. Several types of grooming behavior have been observed. The first antenna is flicked posteriorly and run along the setae of the swimming appendages. Circle grooming involves a remi-pede curling into a circle and cleaning trunk appendages with the feeding appendages.

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