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