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sand flea - Americorchestia megalophthalma

sand flea - Americorchestia megalophthalma
Plum Island, Massachusetts, USA
October 12, 2004
Size: ~6mm
here's another kind of sand flea.

Moved from Americorchestia.

Moved from Beach Hoppers.

Americorchestia sp.
A. longicornis and A. megalophthalma were moved, along with three other species, from Talorchestia to their own genus. A. longicornis and A. megalophthalma are the only sand hoppers in New England. The massive eye indicates a megalophthalma, the smaller and considerably less common of the two. See here.

Only sand hoppers in New England?
I moved this photo to a new species page, but looking at the reference you linked to, it seems there are a number of other sand hoppers in Connecticut, although only two in "Talorchestia." How do we rule out the other genera?

The large eye
Is distinctive among sand hoppers in the area. However, you're right about there being more terrestrial amphipods in the area. That was my mistake.

Talorchestia sp.?
Take a look here.

Talorchestia sp.?
Steve, that's a good possibility, but I can't tell for sure from that picture.

Moved from Amphipods.

Very cool photo.

It looks funny, but it was hopping around like crazy.

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