Friday, January 12, 2007

New Mollusks Found in Western Cuba

The discovery of 27 new mollusks in the sea bed of Guanahacabibes peninsula,
Pinar del Rio, Cuba, enlarges its current stock to 627.

An expedition found the presumed endemic mollusks at nine locations within
the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, namely at Maria La Gorda, Las Tumbas, Cabo de
San Antonio and Ensenada de Bolondron.

Jose Espinosa, from the Cuban Oceanology Institute, runs this project in
coordination with Oviedo University, Spain, and the Office for the
Comprehensive Development of Guanahacabibes.

Among the new species Espinosa mentioned gasteropods, bivalves, cephalopods
and more, all of great scientific significance for Cuba and the Caribbean.

They are very rare in sea beds and are significant diversity indicators for
this area, currently considered the most complete in Cuba, 166 miles west of

Guanahacabibes concentrates Cuba's largest bio-speleological wealth and the
area is site of in-depth study.

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