|Cryptic itty-bitties make for exciting finds.|
Posted by Merry on March 02, 2015 at 08:51:24:|
Bushy bryozoans are full of these busy caprellid amphipods or skeleton shrimp. They blend in perfectly with the substrate, but with patience can be coaxed out for a closer look. The first thing you'll notice is that they feverishly hop from perch to perch, dipping and swaying their upper body as they snatch food particles wafting by. It's fun to watch their inchworm-like locomotion.
This one appears to have captured a worm.
These gravid females will care for the eggs in their brood pouches until the fully developed young emerge. It was quite a lively scene with transparent juveniles of different sizes crawling all over these adults.
It's easy to overlook a tube nest of gammarid amphipods on the tip of a kelp blade.
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