BIOTIC Species Information for Ampelisca diadema
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Scientific nameAmpelisca diadema Common nameAn amphipod
MCS CodeS429 Recent SynonymsNot researched

PhylumCrustacea Subphylum
Superclass ClassEumalacostraca
SubclassPeracarida OrderAmphipoda
SuborderGammaridea FamilyAmpeliscidae
GenusAmpelisca Speciesdiadema

Additional Information
Taxonomy References
General Biology
Growth formArticulate
Feeding methodPassive suspension feeder
Active suspension feeder
Temporary attachment
Environmental positionEpifaunal
Typical food typesInsufficient information HabitTubiculous
Bioturbator FlexibilityLow (10-45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeSmall(1-2cm)
Height Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potential1km-10km DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Sheader, 1988, Hayward & Ryland, 1990,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandRecorded off the coasts of Scotland, in the North Sea, in the English Channel, off south-west Wales and off the north-eastern coasts of Ireland.
Global distributionFound in Europe from the Shetlands south to the Azores, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, and off the coasts of South Africa.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range
MigratoryInsufficient info.   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesMuddy gravel
Physiographic preferencesInsufficient information
Biological zoneInsufficient information
Wave exposureInsufficient information
Tidal stream strength/Water flowField unresearched
SalinityInsufficient information
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismDirect Development
Reproductive SeasonJune - September Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life span1-2 years Age at reproductive maturity
Generation timeInsufficient information Fecundity42.5
Egg/propagule size Fertilization type
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNone Larval settlement periodInsufficient information
Duration of larval stage   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationThe majority of amphipods are known to brood their young, so that juvenile mobility is probably low but adult mobility is potentially high.
Reproduction References
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