Martínez, Alexandro3; Palmero, A M3; Brito, M C3; Núñez, J3; Worsaae, Katrine4
1 Freshwater Biology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet2 Marine Biology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet3 unknown4 Marine Biology, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet
A checklist of 77 taxa recorded from the anchialine sections of the Corona lava tube is provided, including information on habitats, faunal distribution within the cave, and main references. Of the nine major groups recorded, Crustacea shows the highest diversity with 31 species and the highest degree of endemism (90.0%). Twenty-five species of Annelida are reported, 16 of which also occur in offshore waters (36.0% endemic). Except for two species, all annelids are benthic or interstitial species, whereas most of the crustaceans are either nektonic or epibenthic. Additionally, 13 species of Mollusca, 2 Nematoda, 2 Cnidaria, and 1 species each of Priapula, Ctenophora, Echinodermata and Echiura, are known from the lava tube, of which only 1 mollusc is endemic to this cave system.
Marine Biodiversity, 2009, Vol 39, Issue 3, p. 169-182