PORT PHILLIP BAY


Amphipod 

Hippomedon denticulatus (Bate, 1857)

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Scientific Details

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Arthropoda
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Class:
Malacostraca
Subclass:
Eumalacostraca
Superorder:
Peracarida
Order:
Amphipoda
Suborder:
Gammaridea
Family:
Lysianassidae
Genus:
Hippomedon
Species:
denticulatus

General Description

Shiny, white, with a pair of fat antennae attached to the front of the head; with a small hook on the last side-plate of the abdomen. Up to 15 mm long.

Biology

Lysianassids are scavengers on muddy and sandy sediments in bays, the continental shelf and the deep sea where they clean up the carcasses of dead fishes and invertebrates. Hippomedon denticulatus lives on subtidal sediments in eastern Australia.

Habitat

Muddy and sandy sediments, to depth of 95 m.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

South-eastern Austria, including central and eastern Victoria.

Species Group

Microcrustaceans Amphipods

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)
Deep ( > 30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

15 mm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

sp. MoV 938

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, Hippomedon denticulatus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 18 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5154

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