|The Hunt for NEON Crustaceans!|
Posted by Brittany Cummings on September 21, 2020 at 12:17:22:|
As a scientific diver, I am hoping to tap into your wealth of knowledge as local dive naturalists.
Both colorful and camouflaged individuals are rarely documented and I need help collecting specimens for DNA analysis. At my sites in the San Juan Islands (WA), I typically find them at depths from 20-100 ft in hard bottom areas that experience low to high current. In California, they can even be found at intertidal depths. They use their spider-like body to cling to red algae, branching bryozoans, hydroids, sponges and tunicates while they extend their antennae into the water to filter feed. You probably won’t be able to spot the camouflaged individuals, but the colorful ones should be more obvious and are a super exciting find.
If you see such an amphipod, please:
You will be credited for your help in any future scientific articles or presentations.
I am excited to hear from you all soon!
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