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Mictaceans: Mictacea

Physical Characteristics, Mictaceans And People, No Common Name (mictocaris Halope): Species AccountGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, BEHAVIOR AND REPRODUCTION, CONSERVATION STATUS

NO COMMON NAME (Mictocaris halope): SPECIES ACCOUNT

Mictaceans are found off the coasts of northeastern South America, southeastern Australia, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands.


Mictaceans are found in underground sea caves or deep-sea habitats.

No one is sure what mictaceans eat. The small body size and the shape of their mouthparts suggests that they scavenge dead plants and animals.


The animals move both by walking and swimming. It is believed that males and females must mate to reproduce, but mating has never been observed.


Only one species of mictacean, Mictocaris halope from Bermuda, is listed as Critically Endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). This means that it faces extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

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