A sand hopper (Ampelisca brevicornis)
|Researched by||Penny Avant||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Ampelisca bellianus (Costa, 1853)|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandCommon around all British coasts.
Global distributionFound round north west Atlantic coasts from west Norway to the western Mediterranean, and in the Canary Isles.
HabitatMost common in fine or muddy sand mixed with shell, but also found in coarse sand and gravel, on the lower shore and sublittorally to a depth of 200 m.
- Laterally compressed, smooth, curved body up to 12mm long.
- Translucent white with dark brown and/or yellow scattered spots.
- Body not obviously segmented behind the head and each segment with its own pair of relatively similar limbs.
- Head longer than the segments immediately behind it and cylindrical.
- 2 pairs of slender antennae, the second pair being about twice as long as the first.
- There are large coxal plates covering the tops of the limbs.
Additional informationAccurate identification of amphipods can be difficult and usually requires some microscopic examination (see Lincoln, 1979).
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Last Updated: 15/03/2007