A sand hopper (Leucothoe spinicarpa)
|Researched by||Andrew Hosie||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Gammarus spinicarpa , Leucothoe articulata|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandExpected to be found around all coasts of Britain and Ireland.
Global distributionCosmopolitan - found in all oceans from the tropics to polar regions.
HabitatThis species is found in the intertidal and shallow subtidal. Leucothoid amphipods are often associated with other organisms. Leucothoe spinicarpa is often found in the cavities of sponges and ascidians, as well as amongst the holdfasts of seaweeds.
- Gnathopod 1 large, carpochelate.
- Gnathopod 2 larger than first, subchelate.
- Male gnathopod 2 palm crenulated.
- Epimeral plate 3 almost rectangular, lacking distinct tooth.
Additional informationLeucothoe spinicarpa is believed to belong to a cosmopolitan species complex, meaning that possibly there are numerous species erroneously ascribed to Leucothoe spinicarpa.
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Centre for Environmental Data and Recording, 2018. Ulster Museum Marine Surveys of Northern Ireland Coastal Waters. Occurrence dataset https://www.nmni.com/CEDaR/CEDaR-Centre-for-Environmental-Data-and-Recording.aspx accessed via NBNAtlas.org on 2018-09-25.
NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from: https://www.nbnatlas.org.
OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System), 2023. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. www.iobis.org. Accessed: 2023-12-11
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Last Updated: 17/10/2008