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Traskorchestia traskiana (Beach hopper)

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Copyright © 2006 Jan Holmes

 

The 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.

 

 

photo of beach hoppers

photo of beach hoppers