In Caribbean Reefs, Social Shrimp Disappear - NYTimes.com
- Looking back through my records from more than a decade, I calculate that 75 percent of our shrimp collections in this area consisted of social species â€” three out of every four specimens we collected. Now there are none, save for a few small colonies of one partly social species. Itâ€™s extraordinary. The finding puts into perspective a parallel and also puzzling pattern that we observed in Jamaica. Sampling there in 2008, we found abundant large colonies of social shrimp, but earlier this year colonies were few and much smaller in size. On the Caribbean side of Panama, our colleagues noted a similar disappearance of one of the social species over a few short years.
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