Biodiversity & Conservation

Talitrid amphipods in decomposing seaweed on the strand-line



Image Paul Brazier - View along sand and gravel shore backed by seawall (strandline debris). Image width ca XX cm.
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Distribution map

LS.LGS.S.Tal recorded (dark blue bullet) and expected (light blue bullet) distribution in Britain and Ireland (see below)

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Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

A common and widespread biotope around Britain and Ireland that is probably under recorded at many locations owing to its ephemeral nature.

Habitat preferences

Temperature range preferences - No preference

Water clarity preferences - No preference

Limiting Nutrients -

Other preferences - Deposits of organic debris, especially macroalgae

Additional information

LGS.Tal is an ephemeral habitat occurring where the tide carries and deposits seaweed and other debris. Such material will decompose, be transported elsewhere and the quantity vary owing to factors such as tidal cycle and prevailing weather conditions.

This review can be cited as follows:

Budd, G.C. 2004. Talitrid amphipods in decomposing seaweed on the strand-line. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 30/11/2015]. Available from: <>