(5-7 specie in scandinavian waters)
Distribution in scandinavian waters
Maximum length: 2 cm.
Appearance: Sand hoppers are usually seen when they hop
about on the beach. The exoskeleton is usually grey to black in
colour, males may have a yellow band. Sun-dried exoskeletons are usually
orange. Sand hoppers have a typical blunt front edge on their head.
Depth: From the water-line and a bit up on land.
Environment: Sand hoppers live in
and under the piles of seaweed on the beaches, in the sand, or between
stones and peebles. They can even be seen on cliffs.
Classification: To identify the different specie, the sand hoppers
legs and antennae need to be magnified and studied closely.
Sand hoppers are amphipods, which are crustaceans under
the arthropod group.
Sand hopper More
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© Aquascope 2000 Tjärnö Marine Biological
Laboratory, Strömstad, Sweden
| Martin Larsvik
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