Paraspadella anops Bowman & Bieri, 1984
Taxonomic Characterization: Lacks eyes and body pigmentation. Paired adhesive organs inserted ventrally at the posterior third of tail, each with four slender fingers. Fingers longitudinally striated. 10 grasping spines on each side, each with a tip set off by suture. Lacks posterior teeth.
Ecological Classification: Stygobitic
Size: Total length, excluding tail fin, 3.55 mm.
Number of Species in Genus: Ten
|Paraspadella anops: species range|
Species Range: Known only in Sagittarius Cave, Sweeting's Cay, Grand
Bahama Island, Bahamas
Closest Related Species: Paraspadella schizoptera (Conant, 1895)
Habitat: Anchialine limestone cave
Ecology: Found swimming more than 100 m inside cave from the surface entrance in fully marine salinity water (35 g/l).
Life History: Only a single specimen was collected.
Evolutionary Origins: Species in the genus Paraspadella are restricted to the warm and temperate neritic waters.
Conservation Status: Restricted to a single cave
Contributor: Jean-Paul Casanova, Univerisite de Provence, Marseille,
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