amphipod

noun
am·phi·pod | \-ˌpäd \

Definition of amphipod 

: any of a large order (Amphipoda) of small crustaceans (such as the sand flea) with a laterally compressed body

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These amphipods are famous for their bright colors, spines and variety; some live as free-swimming predators and others stay put and feed by filtration. Sean Greene, latimes.com, "A rare great ape, a 130-foot-tall tree and an extinct marsupial lion make the Top 10 New Species list for 2018," 23 May 2018 Other studies have concluded that sand replenishment can be harmful to intertidal invertebrates, such as worms, clams, amphipods (sandhoppers) and crabs. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Studying the journey of beach sand can combat sea level rise, improve surf conditions," 29 Apr. 2018 Cystisoma belong to a suborder of marine crustaceans called hyperiid amphipods, which live in every ocean, from just below the surface to right near the floor. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian, "The Master of Disguise of the Ocean Reveals Its Secrets," 30 Sep. 2017 PCBs had been detected in Hirondellea gigas, tiny shrimp-like amphipods scooped up by deep-water trawlers. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, "How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World," 4 Oct. 2017 Besides PCBs, amphipods living in the Mariana also harbor PBDEs, though the most prevalent commercial mixtures have been phased out of U.S. production and named to the UN Stockholm Convention as well. Rebecca Altman, The Atlantic, "How the Benzene Tree Polluted the World," 4 Oct. 2017 Most were spineless marine critters: sea stars, sea slugs, oysters, barnacles, mussels, amphipods, bryozoans and isopods. Ben Guarino, Alaska Dispatch News, "Plastic junk brought invasive species to U.S. after Japan’s 2011 tsunami," 29 Sep. 2017 Skin-crawling video shows amphipods, also referred to as sand fleas or sea fleas, gnawing away at the steak used to lure it from the water. National Geographic, "Mysterious Flesh-Eating Sea Creature Causes Shocking Injury," 7 Aug. 2017 There, White joins a biologist to learn about what lives in the mudflats — mostly tiny amphipods known as mudshrimp, essential food for migrating shorebirds. Nancy Lord, Alaska Dispatch News, "Fascinating book on tides includes Alaska," 12 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of amphipod

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphipod

ultimately from Greek amphi- + pod-, pous foot — more at foot

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