New Species of Freshwater Shrimp Discovered in New Mexico Cave

U.S. Bureau of Land ManagementScientists conducting a biological inventory of a gypsum cave northeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico, have discovered a new species of a freshwater shrimp-like crustacean.

The specimen, a new species of amphipod, is closely related to Parabogidiella amerciana, a blind subterranean species which lives primarily in the Edwards Aquifer in central Texas.

This is quite an interesting find, there was only one species in this genus, and now there are two. They are considered primitive marine relics with ancestors possibly left over from receding Cretaceous seas. Randy Gibson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist

The species was discovered by ZARA Environmental scientists conducting the biological inventory for Bureau of Land Management which manages the public land where the cave is located.

It’s not every day a new species is discovered in one of our caves, there is still a lot we don’t know about the land beneath our feet. Karst aquifers are unique and highly valuable. They provide specialized habitat for species yet to be discovered. Jim Goodbar, BLM Senior Cave and Karst Specialist

New Species of Freshwater Shrimp Discovered in BLM Cave [Bureau of Land Management]

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