BIOTIC Species Information for Bathyporeia elegans
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Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Taxonomy
Scientific nameBathyporeia elegans Common nameSand digger shrimp
MCS CodeS452 Recent Synonyms

PhylumCrustacea Subphylum
Superclass ClassEumalacostraca
SubclassPeracarida OrderAmphipoda
SuborderGammaridea FamilyPontoporeiidae
GenusBathyporeia Specieselegans
Subspecies   

Additional Information
Taxonomy References
General Biology
Growth formArticulate
Feeding methodSurface deposit feeder
Sub-surface deposit feeder
Mobility/MovementBurrower
Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food typesInsufficient information HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeSmall-medium(3-10cm)
HeightInsufficient information Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potential100-1000m DependencyIndependent
SociabilityGregarious
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound around all British and Ireland coasts.
Global distributionFound in north-west Europe from the Shetlands to the Netherlands and south-west England and Ireland.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range
MigratoryInsufficient info.   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesFine clean sand
Physiographic preferencesInsufficient information
Biological zoneInsufficient information
Wave exposureInsufficient information
Tidal stream strength/Water flowInsufficient information
SalinityInsufficient information
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismDirect Development
Reproductive SeasonContinuous Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequencyAnnual protracted Regeneration potential No
Life span1 year Age at reproductive maturity
Generation timeInsufficient information Fecundity6
Egg/propagule size Fertilization typeInternal
Larvae/Juveniles
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialVery limited (<1m) Larval settlement periodInsufficient information
Duration of larval stageNot relevant   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationAmphipods brood their young. Larval development takes 15 days. Adults are mobile, and can probably more considerable distances between habitats, although no information was found.
Reproduction References Eckert, 2003, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
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