BIOTIC Species Information for Ampelisca spinipes
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Scientific nameAmpelisca spinipes Common nameAn amphipod
MCS CodeS438 Recent Synonyms

PhylumCrustacea Subphylum
Superclass ClassEumalacostraca
SubclassPeracarida OrderAmphipoda
SuborderGammaridea FamilyAmpeliscidae
GenusAmpelisca Speciesspinipes

Additional Information
Taxonomy References
General Biology
Growth formArticulate
Feeding methodPassive suspension feeder
Active suspension feeder
Temporary attachment
Environmental positionEpifaunal
Typical food types HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityLow (10-45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeSmall(1-2cm)
Height Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potential1km-10km DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Hayward & Ryland, 1990, Heidi Tillin, unpub data, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandRecorded in the North Sea, off the south-east coasts of Scotland and north-east England, in the western English Channel and throughout the Irish Sea up to northern Ireland and south-west Scotland.
Global distributionFound in western Europe from the Shetlands south to the Azores and the Mediterranean, and off the coasts of the north-west Atlantic.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range
MigratoryInsufficient info.   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesInsufficient information
Physiographic preferencesInsufficient information
Biological zoneInsufficient information
Wave exposureInsufficient information
Tidal stream strength/Water flowField unresearched
SalinityInsufficient information
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Julie Bremner, unpub data,
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 Heidi Tillin, unpub data, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
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