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Spelaeogriphaceans: Spelaeogriphacea - Spelaeogriphaceans And People

table mountain animals evolution

Spelaeogriphaceans are of special interest to scientists studying the lives and evolution of crustaceans. Evolution is how organisms slowly change and adjust to their environments over millions of years.


Table Mountain, located near Cape Town, South Africa, is home to many plants and animals that are found nowhere else in the world. They are called endemics (ihn-DEH-mihks). Endemic organisms are found only in one place or habitat. There are 112 species of animals endemic to Table Mountain; 111 of these are invertebrates (in-VER-teh-brehts), or animals without backbones. They include the first spelaeogriphacean ever discovered, Spelaeogriphus lepidops.

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