|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Steve Trewhella - Corophium volutator at Stanpit Marsh. Image width ca XX cm.
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Corophium volutator is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Ken Neal and Penny Avant||Refereed by:||This information is not refereed.|
|Phylum||Arthropoda||Arthropods, joint-legged animals, e.g. insects, crustaceans & spiders|
|Class||Malacostraca||Crabs, lobsters, sand hoppers and sea slaters|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||Widely distributed on all coasts of Britain. Widely separated records in Ireland.|
|Habitat information||The amphipod occupies semi-permanent U-shaped burrows in the fine sediments of mud flats, salt marsh pools and brackish ditches. It tolerates a wide range of salinities from nearly fully saline to almost fresh water. When present in high densities the openings of the burrows are clearly visible on the surface of the sediment.|
|Description||Corophium volutator has a long slender body that is whitish with brown markings and grows up to 11 mm in length. It has a clearly segmented, dorso-ventrally flattened body. The head is small with two pairs of forward pointing antennae; the second pair are a distinguishing feature of Corophium volutator and are particularly long and thick. There are seven pairs of segmented legs with the top segment of each being typically small and separate from that of the next segment.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Ken Neal and Penny Avant 2006. Corophium volutator. A mud shrimp. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 21/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=3052>