Conservation status

No remipedes are listed by the IUCN. One species, Speleonectes lucayensis, is protected by Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama Island. Worldwide, anchialine caves are threatened ecosystems. Dangers include deforestation and development above or near the cave systems, use of biocides, improper sewage disposal, and destruction of nearby mangroves. The many caves along the coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico, are in imminent danger due to rapid development of tourist hotels, expansion of cities, and lack of enforcement of environmental laws. Most caves are formed in limestone, which is porous. Any kind of pollutant on the surface can eventually end up in the aquifer. One cave in Quintana Roo is home to thousands of remipedes, a number never recorded anywhere else in the world. This cave is in the path of development.

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