amphipod

noun
am·​phi·​pod | \ -ˌpäd How to pronounce amphipod (audio) \

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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That has scientists wondering if the loss of sea ice has led to a loss of algae that feed the amphipods. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Feds to investigate spike in gray whale deaths on West Coast," 4 June 2019 High levels of bomb carbon from nuclear testing were found in the tissues of amphipods living in the hadal zone. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 24 June 2019 The whales spend their summers in the Arctic feeding on tiny shrimp-like, bottom-dwelling creatures called amphipods before migrating 10,000 miles (16,090 kilometers) to winter off Mexico, where the females give birth. Author: Gillian Flaccus, Anchorage Daily News, "US agency seeks ‘hosts’ for rotting whales amid die-off," 21 June 2019 The whales spend their summers in the Arctic feeding on tiny shrimp-like, bottom-dwelling creatures called amphipods before migrating 10,000 miles (16,090 kilometers) to winter off Mexico, where the females give birth. NBC News, "Scientists ask for private beaches to study gray whale carcasses," 21 June 2019 The whales spend their summers in the Arctic feeding on tiny shrimp-like, bottom-dwelling creatures called amphipods before migrating 10,000 miles (16,090 kilometers) to winter off Mexico, where the females give birth. Washington Post, "US agency seeks ‘hosts’ for rotting whales amid die-off," 21 June 2019 The whales spend their summers in the Arctic feeding on tiny shrimp-like, bottom-dwelling creatures called amphipods before migrating 10,000 miles (16,090 kilometers) to winter off Mexico, where the females give birth. Gillian Flaccus, chicagotribune.com, "So many whales are dying on the West Coast that officials are asking owners of private beaches to let them rot there," 21 June 2019 That provides a bonanza for tiny creatures called copepods, amphipods, and zooplankton that feed on sea-ice undersides. National Geographic, "The surprising reason polar bears need sea ice to survive," 1 Apr. 2019 No trench was fiber-free, and more than 80 percent of the amphipods contained them. Sarah Gibbens And Laura Parker, National Geographic, "Creatures in the deepest trenches of the sea are eating plastic," 28 Feb. 2019

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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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