sand flea


sand flea

noun

Definition of SAND FLEA

1
:  a flea (as a chigoe) found in sandy places
2
:  any of numerous amphipod crustaceans (family Talitridae) living on ocean beaches and leaping like fleas —called also beach flea

First Known Use of SAND FLEA

1796

sand flea

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SAND FLEA

: chigoe 1

sand flea

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Hopping terrestrial crustacean (family Talitridae). The European sand flea (Talitrus saltator) is about 0.6 in. (1.5 cm) long. The long-horned sand flea (T. longicornis), found on the North American Atlantic coast, has antennae the same length as the waxy white body, up to 1 in. (2.5 cm) long. During the day, sand fleas lie buried near the high-tide mark; at night, they forage for organic debris. The common sand flea (Orchestia agilis, or platensis) lives along Atlantic coasts of Europe and the Americas.

Variants of SAND FLEA

sand flea or beach flea

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