PORT PHILLIP BAY


Amphipod 

Ampithoe ngana Poore & Lowry, 1997

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Arthropoda
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Class:
Malacostraca
Subclass:
Eumalacostraca
Superorder:
Peracarida
Order:
Amphipoda
Suborder:
Gammaridea
Family:
Ampithoidae
Genus:
Ampithoe
Species:
ngana

General Description

Brown with paler spots and white eyes. The last uropod has two minute hooks at the end. Up to 8 mm long.

Biology

Ampithoids build thin tubes in which to live, weaving them from silk secreted from glands in their legs. Hooks on the uropods and on the hind legs hold the animal in its tube which is stuck among the fronds of algae. Ampithoids are herbivores, feeding on the algae where they live.

Habitat

Intertidal areas in macroalgae, to depth of 23 m.

Soft substrates

Seagrass meadows

Distribution guide

South-eastern Australia, including coastal Victoria.

Species Group

Microcrustaceans Amphipods

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

8 mm

Diet

Herbivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Taylor, J.

Dr. Jo Taylor is the Sciences Collections Online Coordinator at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author Poore, G.C.B.

Dr. Gary Poore is Principal Curator Emeritus at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Taylor, J. & Poore, G.C.B., 2011, Amphipod, Ampithoe ngana, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5085

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