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Speleonectes kakuki

Speleonectes kakuki
Discovered: 2009
Location: Andros and Cat Islands, Bahamas
Size: 18-26.5 mm
This species is named for Brian Kakuk, a diver and guide who helps scientists venture into the dangerous underwater world of blue holes in search of new animals. S. kakuki belongs to the crustacean class Remipedia, which was first discovered in 1981. There are 12 other known species in the genus Speleonectes—a word that literally means "cave swimmer."


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