Sandhopper - Orchestia

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Photograph by Peter Parks

This marine crustacean, commonly known as a sand or beachhopper, belongs to the order Amphipoda, family Talitridae. It is a large active amphipod that is commonly found above the high water mark, among or beneath strandline debris. This individual from Southern Australia, possibly of the genus Orchestia, has one magnificent claw which may be a male sex-linked chracteristic and seems to be used in copulation.

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