Marine lava cave fauna: composition, biogeography, and origins. Academic Article uri icon


  • An assemblage of endemic cavernicolous marine invertebrates, including taxa found on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean of great phylogenetic age or with affinities to deep sea organisms, inhabits the Jameos del Agua cave, a sea waterflooded Holocene lava tube cave on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. This marine cave contains both relicts from Tethyan times, such as an apparently new crustacean family belonging to what had been the monotypic class Remipedia, and relicts of groups that are now common only in the deep sea as well as species that occur outside the cave.

published proceedings

  • Science

altmetric score

  • 97.08

author list (cited authors)

  • Iliffe, T. M., Wilkens, H., Parzefall, J., & Williams, D.

citation count

  • 72

complete list of authors

  • Iliffe, TM||Wilkens, H||Parzefall, J||Williams, D

publication date

  • July 1984