Cuba discovered 18 new species of mollusks

19.01.2015

18 new species of mollusks in a row were found off the coast of the island of Cuba by a group of Cuban and Spanish scientists. All new species belong to a class of gastropods, and they live off the east coast of the island, in the infamous Guantanamo province. Most of the species were found in the Gulf of Taco in the waters of Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Cuba discovered 18 new species of mollusks

Another two types were met by researchers in the waters of the protected reserve Mays Caleta. The total number of mollusks living in the territorial waters of the Island of Freedom is now equal to 502. All open clams are small, not more than 8 mm length and 4 mm width. And all of them are already given the Latin names. Expedition, during which it was possible to make this large biological discovery, took place in four stages: the scientists took water samples at different depths and then examined the biomaterial on the beach. Diving took place in the bays Taco Nibuhon and Yamaniguey.