|Re: Critter ID help needed|
Posted by Leslie on January 26, 2007 at 09:51:09:|
In Reply to: Critter ID help needed posted by Elaine on January 25, 2007 at 21:42:47:
Hi Elaine -
These are amphipods, Chromopleustes lineatus. They must be full of some sort of noxious chemicals because they're both colorful and out & about in the open. Most pods aren't so obvious because they're hiding from predators. C. lineatus has been found on a variety of substrates but they seem to have an affinity for echinoderms. I've seen Asterina miniata that were black with these guys and I notice they're really clustering on the cuke in your picture.
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