PORT PHILLIP BAY


Amphipod 

Dulichiella australis (Haswell, 1879)

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Scientific Details

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Arthropoda
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Class:
Malacostraca
Subclass:
Eumalacostraca
Superorder:
Peracarida
Order:
Amphipoda
Suborder:
Gammaridea
Infraorder:
Gammarida
Family:
Melitidae
Genus:
Dulichiella
Species:
australis

General Description

Abdomen well developed. Male with huge beak-like claw on one of the second walking legs.

Biology

Dulichiella australis lives on sandy sediments of the shallow continental shelf of southeastern Australia. The function of the huge hand of the male is not known but its mass, about a quarter that of the whole animal, must restrict its movement.

Habitat

Intertidal areas on sandy sediments, to depth of 27 m.

Soft substrates

Distribution guide

South-eastern Austria, including central and eastern Victoria.

Species Group

Microcrustaceans Amphipods

Depth

Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

8 mm

Diet

Organic matter

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

sp. MoV 369

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, Dulichiella australis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/5183

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