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Amphipod (order Amphipoda, family Talitridae)

Lawn shrimp, landhopper at Stromlo, ACT

Amphipod (order Amphipoda, family Talitridae) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Apr 2021
Amphipod (order Amphipoda, family Talitridae) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Apr 2021
Amphipod (order Amphipoda, family Talitridae) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Apr 2021
Amphipod (order Amphipoda, family Talitridae) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Apr 2021
Amphipod (order Amphipoda, family Talitridae) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Apr 2021
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Amphipod (order Amphipoda, family Talitridae) 14 Apr 2021 michaelb
Amphipod (order Amphipoda, family Talitridae) 14 Apr 2021 michaelb
Unidentified 13 Apr 2021 trevorpreston

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User's notes

This is an amphipod (order: Amphipoda) about 8mm, common under logs in damper areas. I see them most often in Namadgi but have also seen them in Black Mountain reserve and Bruce Ridge. When first exposed they flip all over the place with a similar movement to a prawn out of water and then disappear into small holes or under loose dirt in a matter of seconds. They are extremely difficult to photograph due to this habit, which is probably why such a common animal is not reported. I also seen amphipods under rocks along the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee rivers although its possible they are a different family or species.

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michaelb wrote:
   14 Apr 2021
Great report Trevor.

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Amanita sp. (Amanita sp.) at Stromlo, ACT - 13 Apr 2021 by tpreston
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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 13 Apr 2021 02:46 PM Recorded on
  • trevorpreston Recorded by

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  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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