Deep-water Caridean Shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda) from Banco Chinchorro and Adjacent Areas in the Northern Caribbean
Abstract:Thirty-one species belonging to seven families of caridean shrimps were recorded at depths from 100–350 m at Banco Chinchorro and adjacent areas in the northern Caribbean. Samples were collected with the aid of the R/V EDWIN LINK and the JOHNSON SEA LINK I manned submersible from algal debris, coral fragments, and sediment. The most diversified family was the Alpheidae with 12 species, followed by the Palaemonidae with seven species. New records of cryptic species and the extension of depth limits are the contribution to the knowledge of the caridean fauna of Banco Chinchorro and adjacent areas. The presence in deeper waters of species that had previously been reported in shallow habitats is explained by the export and transport of coral heads and reef debris to deeper waters by tropical storms.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2003
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