BIOTIC Species Information for Talitrus saltator
Researched byGeorgina Budd Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandLocally common on all coasts of Britain and Ireland.
Global distributionIn the N.E. Atlantic and North Sea, along European coasts from southern Norway to the western Mediterranean.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeSupralittoral
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional InformationDuring the winter quiescent populations can be found burrowed above the extreme high water spring tide mark, at depths up to 50 cm (Bregazzi & Naylor, 1972; Williams, J.A.,1976). From field studies, Williams (1983b) found that the majority of adults burrowed down in to the substratum until sand with at least 2% moisture content is encountered. Recently hatched juveniles are considered to be physically incapable of burrowing in order to avoid desiccation (Williams, 1978) and are consequently found amongst freshly deposited seaweed that maintains a relatively high humidity of 85-90% over the low tide (Williamson, 1951).

Substratum preferencesStrandline
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Strait / sound
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Biological zoneSupralittoral
Wave exposureNot relevant
Tidal stream strength/Water flowNot relevant
SalinityInsufficient information
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Lincoln, 1979, Williams, 1983b, Hudson & Reynolds, 1984, Bregazzi & Naylor, 1972, Williams, J.A., 1976,
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