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  Garden Hopper (Talitroides topitotum)





Garden Hopper | Talitroides topitotum photo
Amphipod found under garden mulch. When you scrape away damp mulch you often see lots of these tiny crustaceans jumping about. They look grey or black on the ground, but up close you can see they are a pinkish brown colour.

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Garden Hopper | Talitroides topitotum photo
Amphipod found under garden mulch.

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



GARDEN HOPPER FACTS

Identification
Garden Hoppers or Landhoppers are small shrimp-like crustaceans (not insects). They belong to the Amphipod order - most amphipods are marine but some are terrestrial. The species shown here is a land species common in woodland and gardens. They live under litter on damp soil and can jump several centimetes when the soil is disturbed.

Other Names
Landhopper

Size
5mm

Habitat
The species shown here is found in damp soil with plenty of organic material.

Food
decaying vegetable matter



Classification
Class:Malacostraca
Order:Amphipoda
Family:Talitridae
Genus:Talitroides
Species:topitotum
Common Name:Garden Hopper