Remipedes are blind crustaceans living in coastal aquifers which contain saline groundwater, with populations in almost every ocean basin explored, including in Australia, the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean.
They have been described in their fossil form and then first discovered and studied in the Bahamas in 1981 by Jill Yager.
Remipedes are venomous crustaceans and the only ones of their kind. Their name comes from Latin for “oar-footed” because of the beautiful movement of their many pairs of swimming legs.
Reproduction of the remipedes
They are hermaphrodites, they are simultaneously male and female, and hold both characteristics on different fragments of their bodies. Their reproduction is still poorly understood and continues to fascinate scientists. Yet, their life cycle remains a mystery.
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And if you want to become a cave diver we will be happy to orientate you through your training.