Common name : Hopper
Scientific name : Amphipoda
Family : Talitridae
Native to : Worldwide distribution
Interesting fact : The name ‘amphipoda’ has Greek origin, in which it means ‘different foot’, referring to 2 different kinds of legs.
Amphipods have 13 segments to their bodies. Generally less than 10 mm in length, depending on the species of amphipods, their sizes may vary from 1 mm to 340 mm. The landhoppers of the amphipod species are both marine and semi-terrestrial in nature, and live in leaf litter. They are scavengers by nature, but some species are known to feed on algae and smaller insects. The female holds her eggs in a brood pouch until the eggs hatch directly into a juvenile form.