Traskorchestia traskiana (Beach hopper)
2006 Jan Holmes
little beach hoppers live high up in the intertidal among the piles
of washed up seaweed, which they feed on and take refuge in.
This species does not usually exceed ¾ inch in length and
are gray or brown in color. Their antenna are not brightly
colored. Look for them on sandy beaches, in salt marshes,
and along rocky beaches in somewhat protected areas. Beach
hoppers fall prey to fish and birds. Be aware that there
are other look-alike gammaridean amphipods present on our beaches
and they are also referred to as beach hoppers.
This page was created by Mary Jo Adams on 1/17/06.