New shrimp-like species found in New Mexico cave

Apr 17, 2012 By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN , Associated Press

Scientists have discovered a new tiny shrimp-like species in a gypsum cave in southeastern New Mexico, only a few dozen miles from the famous caves at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Bureau of Land Management expert Jim Goodbar says the species of amphipod was previously unknown before being discovered about a month ago during a biological inventory.

It was found in a subterranean pond a couple hundred feet down a cave passage that is no more than 80 feet from the surface.

The new species has not been named, but officials say it has been classified as part of the Parabogidiella (para-bo-GIDDY-ella) .

Goodbar says it's not often a new species is discovered. He says there's still not a lot that's known about what's beneath the Earth's surface.

Explore further: Scientists reveal global patterns of specialized feeding in insect herbivores

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Baleen whales hear through their bones

14 hours ago

Understanding how baleen whales hear has posed a great mystery to marine mammal researchers. New research by San Diego State University biologist Ted W. Cranford and University of California, San Diego engineer ...

Starving honey bees lose self-control

19 hours ago

A study in the journal of the Royal Society Biology Letters has found that starving bees lose their self-control and act impulsively, choosing small immediate rewards over waiting for larger rewards.

Chimps with higher-ranking moms do better in fights

Jan 28, 2015

For chimpanzees, just like humans, teasing, taunting and bullying are familiar parts of playground politics. An analysis of 12 years of observations of playground fights between young chimpanzees in East ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Lurker2358
not rated yet Apr 17, 2012
Presumably it got there during some sort of regional flood in the distant past, or was transferred by other organisms, or an underground river?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.