Our Neighborhood's Biodiversity Map

* Please click the continent to see the endangered species of our neighborhood.
Middle East
ARKive species - Omani blind cave fish (Garra barreimiae) * To See the original image, please click the image
Shared by : Simran Vedvyas (UAE)
Region : Oman, and United Arab Emirates
Status : Vulnerable
How easily you could have seen them in the past, how endangered they are
The scarcity of fresh water habitats in the United Arab Emirates and Oman limits the number and variety of fish that are found there, with the Omani blind cave fish being the most common and widespread of the very few native fish species.
How important role they are playing in the local ecosystem
In this cave-dwelling population, eyes are present in juveniles, but become covered in older fish, although individuals artificially exposed to light show increased development of the optic lobe in the brain.

Sources :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garra_barreimiae

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