A sand hopper (Gitanopsis bispinosa)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded in Scottish waters off the Orkney Isles, east of the Shetlands and in the upper North Sea.
HabitatGitanopsis bispinosa is a benthic deep sea shrimp, usually found at depths between 100-200 m.
- Up to 6 mm in length.
- Whitish in colour with red bands.
- Coxae present; coxa 1 notably small.
- Pleon segment 1-2 with dorsal tooth.
- Elongate telson.
- Uropods are biramous; uropod 3 longer than uropod 2.
- Broad carpal lobe of gnathopod 2.
- Distal portion of the thoracic legs is short and almost straight.
Additional informationUnlike Gitanopsis inermis, pleon segments 1-2 have a distinct dorsal tooth.
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Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]
Lincoln, R.J., 1979. British Marine Amphipoda: Gammaridea. London: British Museum (Natural History).
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Last Updated: 22/05/2008