Remipedes live exclusively in submerged caves (anchialine caves) found near the sea on islands or along the coast. An-chialine caves are caves that have surface openings on land and subsurface connections to the sea. This habitat is accessible only by trained cave divers using special scuba techniques and equipment. Anchialine caves typically have a fresh or brackish layer of water overlying deeper marine water. The density interface or halocline also delineates differences in temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen. Remipedes live in the dark, beneath the density interface in waters that are low in dissolved oxygen. They live in an ecosystem that includes other troglobitic crustaceans, most commonly thermosbae-naceans, cirolanid isopods, caridean shrimp, and amphipods. Blind cave fish are occasionally found in the cave systems where remipedes live. With the exception of one Mexican cave system, all known locations of remipedes contain very few individuals. Most species are quite rare, and fewer than 10 individuals can be observed during a typical cave dive.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment