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Behavior of Remipedia in the Laboratory, with Supporting Field Observations

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Abstract We observed in the laboratory the behavior of six individuals of an as yet undescribed species of Speleonectes (Remipedia) over a period of 76 days. The live specimens were collected from an anchialine cave on the Yucatan Peninsula and maintained in separate aquaria at the Zoological Museum Amsterdam. In addition, field observations were conducted in the same cave to compare the laboratory results with naturally occurring behaviors. We found a variety of complex behavioral traits that include several new and unexpected findings. For example, our observations suggest that remipedes are not obligatory, but rather facultative carnivores, and that filtering particles might be the predominant mode of feeding. A digital video with examples of various behavioral traits can be downloaded at

Affiliations: 1: b (FRS) Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, U.S.A. ; 2: c (TMI, LMH) Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, Texas 77553-1675, U.S.A. ; 3: a (SK, correspondence; AB) Institute for Animal Ecology and Cell Biology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation, Bünteweg 17d, 30559 Hannover, Germany


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