Sand hopper
(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.

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