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New Species Found at the Jameos del Agua

Tuesday October 25, 2011

New Species Found at the Jameos del Agua

Recent scientific studies have led to the discovery of a new species in the Atlantida tunnel at the Jameos del Agua, according to a press conference held last week by biologist Alejandro Martinez. The research of the subterranean tunnel was conducted by scientists from seven different universities and was coordinated by Sr. Martinez.

Amongst those creatures studied was a new form of Protodrilus, or marine worm, which appears to be unique to the tunnel of the Jameos del Agua. The Protodrilus which has just been discovered is three centimetres in length and has adapted over time so that it can swim in the tunnel's stationery water, rather than living just under the surface amongst the sand lining the ground. This new Protodrilus feeds itself as it floats through the water, helped by large palps or appendages which extend from its mouth. It also has antennae on its head, which distinguish it from other forms of Protodrilus.

Also under investigation was the crustacean, Speleonectes ondinae, which was discovered in 1985 and which is also unique to the Atlantida tunnel. This type of crustacean belongs to the family Remipedia, which is considered to be one of the strangest to be found anywhere in the world. And although this creature was first identified in the 1980's, this recent spate of research by a team from the University of Hannover has confirmed that Speleonectes ondinae is a totally unique species, despite similar other members of the Remipedia family being found in Bermuda, Australia and the Bahamas.

The Jameos del Agua is already home to the unique species of blind albino cave crab, Munidopsis Polymorpha, which is also known as a squat lobster.

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