Jameíto: a curious inhabitant of Lanzarote

For thos of you who already know Lanzarote, you are probably think that the Jameíto is related to the Jameos del Agua and you’re right.

It’s an endemic species of decápodo crustaceans of  Lanzarote island. It’s known also as blind crab of jameos or as Munidopsis polymorpha.

There are other crustaceans belonging to the same family, and that live in other areas of Canary Island, but this one specifically lives by the Jameos del Agua.

Also other copies have been found in other zones such as Los Charcos de Luis, in Órzola, where the sea water creates a perfect  habitat.

The Jameíto is very important to Lanzarote, and people consider it as the animal symbol of the island.

How is the Jameíto

It’s a blind crab, it’s very small and it does not exceed the 3 cm longitude. It is white because it’s an albino animal.

and it has a great sense of hearing but a battered sight. It is also defined as the blind jameos crab.

On both sides of the head it has two spines and a little flattened tweezers. These are larger in males than in females. According to the quantity of food available, it can move to find it or just staying  close.

Which is the difference with the other crabs?

It’s very small and albine and also its habitat is totally different.

Most of the similar crabs live in Canary Islands to a big depth, while the Jameíto lives  in the Jameos del Agua. It has been formed by the big eruption of  Volcano Corona  21.000 years ago.

The volcanic tube Corona is composed by a series of underground caves, connected to the ocean. It filters into them creating a rich ecosystem with a unique fauna with fascinating crustaceans.

They have been able to adapt during the years to the unic surroundings. The Jameito, even if it is blind, has survided also to the tourism.

Endengered Jameito

Many expert zoologists tried to protect this peculiar small animal, since when it has been discovered.

With the opening to the tourism of Los Jameos del Agua, the number of blind crabs was drastically reduced. Humans put in danger their habitat, and visitors were recently banned from throwing coins into the lagoon, as they were polluting and killing their fauna.

Luckily nowadays, life conditions of the Jameito are strictly controlled and the protection of its surroundings is a priority for the canarian institutions.

Discover the Jameíto with Lastminute Transfer

If you like animals and you are passionate of different species, as  Lastminute Transfer we recommend our excursion by the Jameos del Agua.

Discover one of the most emblematic place of the island that you cannot miss. Remember that if you need a transfer from the airport to your accomodation, you can book with us as well.