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

Animal Life ResourceMollusks, Crustaceans, and Related Species

NO COMMON NAME (Mictocaris halope): SPECIES ACCOUNT

GEOGRAPHIC RANGE

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


HABITAT

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

DIET

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.


BEHAVIOR AND REPRODUCTION

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.


CONSERVATION STATUS

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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