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A mud shrimp (Apocorophium lacustre)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

A small amphipod that grows up to 6 mm. The body is subcylindrical and depressed. It has small eyes that are situated on extensions of the head.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Wash, Norfolk Broadlands, English Channel and southern Welsh coasts.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Constructs mud tubes on hydroids, submerged vegetation and other surfaces in fresh or slightly brackish waters.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Head with triangular rostrum, especially pronounced in male.
  • Urosome segments fused; lateral ridge distinct, uropods 1 and 2 inserted ventrally.
  • Gnathopod 1 palm transverse, evenly convex.
  • Uropod 1 peduncle outer margin with 7-8 spines, inner margin with 1 distal spine; uropod 2 peduncle inner margin with 1 distal spine, outer margin with 3-5 setae.

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Bibliography

  1. Barnes, R.S.K., 1994. The brackish-water fauna of northwestern Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  2. Bratton, J. H. (ed.), 1991. British Red Data Books: 3. Invertebrates other than insects. Peterborough: Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

  3. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  4. Lincoln, R.J., 1979. British Marine Amphipoda: Gammaridea. London: British Museum (Natural History).

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2002. Apocorophium lacustre A mud shrimp. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1208

Last Updated: 11/10/2002