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Photo © Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved
Pillar Point, Princeton, CA, USA (Google, OSM)
37.4952888489, -122.4952011108
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I'm told these fellows are amphipods. What do those massive front appendages do?

Oct. 12, 2010 20:36:45 +1300
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Megalorchestia - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kueda's ID: Genus Megalorchestia, a member of sandhoppers (Family Talitridae)
Posted by kueda about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Obviously, you're not a female Megalorchestia.

A lot of male amphipods have these enlarged gnathopods. Members of the family Corophiidae have some pretty cool ones.

http://www.marinebiodiversity.ca/cmb/resources/Photo%20galleries/atlantic-benthic-invertebrates/picture7.jpg/view

Posted by invertboy over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Hey, we've never met, so as far as you know I could be a very naive female Megalorchestia. That Corophium is insane.

Posted by kueda over 3 years ago (Flag)
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Megalorchestia - Photo (c) Ken-ichi Ueda, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kueda's ID: Genus Megalorchestia, a member of sandhoppers (Family Talitridae)
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