We got the following information from Bill Marx on Lubbers. Thanks a lot Bill!!
Read your recent post on the Little Harbor shrimp with interest, I was going to post comment online but didn’t know if I could include links or pictures.
We have a house and property on Lubbers Quarters and have these shrimp living in anchialine pools pretty much in the center of the island, probably 1/4 mile from either shoreline. I believe they are red cuban cave shrimp, Barbouria cubensis, but not 100% sure. I have attached a high res pic of one we caught to photograph several years ago.
The interesting thing about these shrimp that the Little Harbor poster may like to know is that anchialine shrimp seem to be be considered sacred by many Indo-pacific cultures.
In Fiji, legend is that you will have a shipwreck if you disturb them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatulele
In Hawaii, there is a legend involving these shrimp and a murdered princess: http://www.onlyinhawaii.org/waianapanapa-state-park-eastern-maui/
Elsewhere I have read that the “chiefs” on some the the Pacific islands would ‘summon’ the shrimp by banging a pole on the ground at the entrance of their caves, interestingly we have found that banging on the rocks near them tends to bring more to the surface as well. They also seem to come and go with the tides.
Below is a discussion we had back in 2008 with Tom Iliffe who is a marine biology professor in Texas who has worked in Abaco and written about similar species. He is the one who identified them as Cuban cave shrimp. They are very cool interesting creatures, ours have been there for years. Hopefully this helps, we have more pictures of them and even underwater video if anyone needs it:
“Your photos appear to be Barbouria cubensis, the Cuban cave shrimp, which is known from several pools and caves on Abaco as well as other locations – see:
It would be interesting to periodically monitor this population. In similar pools, these shrimp are present during the day, but disappear into holes connecting to as yet undiscovered caves during the night. Also the color pattern can vary from the bright red as in your photos to white, yellow or pink. This is due to chromatophore, pigment containing spots, that can expand or contract at will. Do you observe any variation in color? Are the shrimp present year round in the pool? Are they all about the same size or is there a range in sizes?”