Records of pycnogonids, or sea-spiders, from the waters of Costa Rica are relatively scarce. Including those known ex. litt., only 12 species, representing seven genera and four families, have been recorded. Ten of these species are from Pacific waters and only two from Caribbean waters (with no species in common); three are from deepwater and nine from shallow water (including the littoral). While knowledge of the Central and South American Pacific pycnogonid fauna is as yet poor, and so predictions of the likely fauna are hardly possible, many more species are to be expected from the Caribbean coasts.
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