Socarnopsis catacumba (Clark & Barnard, 1985)
Synonyms: Lucayarina catacumba Clark & Barnard, 1985
Taxonomic Characterization: Head deeper than long, rostrum short, ocular lobe produced and gently rounded, lower antennal sinus weak. Eyes bilateral. Antennal article 3 with lateral-distal row of spines. All coxae moderately setose. Only gill 6 subordinate (crenulation distally). Has poorly setose inner plate of maxilla 1, pereopodal teeth and unpleated gills.
Ecological Classification: Stygobitic
Size: Adult females are 3-6 mm long.
Number of Species in Genus: Multiple
Species Range: Known from numerous ocean blue holes in the Bahamas as well as in Cuba:
Closest Related Species: The genera Lucayarina and Septcarnes
were synonymized with Socarnopsis by Lowry & Stoddart, 1997.
Habitat: Marine, ocean blue hole caves and the steep-sided rocky escarpment bordering the platform edge
Ecology: Found in marine caves in the Bahamas at a depth of 15 m. Commonly observed in large numbers around lobster molts; easily caught in baited traps. Also found along the submarine drop off in depths to 100 m.
Conservation Status: Widely distributed and abundant in ocean blue holes throughout much of the Bahamas.
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