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Bathyporeia elegans Watkin, 1938

103058  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:103058)

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Species
marine
Watkin E.E. (1938). A revision on the amphipod genus Bathyporeia Lindström. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 23, 1, 211-236., available online at https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315400054096
page(s): 222 [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 
Description Amphipod with laterally flattened body, rather slender and elongate. Up to 6 mm long. Head without
rostrum but with...  
Description Amphipod with laterally flattened body, rather slender and elongate. Up to 6 mm long. Head without
rostrum but with clearly discernible eyes. The upper antennae seem to be standing on an outgrowth
of the head. Usually not pigmented. [details]

Distribution B. elegans is one of the most common macrobenthic species on the Dutch Continental Shelf and the most abundant species of...  
Distribution B. elegans is one of the most common macrobenthic species on the Dutch Continental Shelf and the most abundant species of the genus Bathyporeia. It is not present in the deeper
central Oyster Ground and the Wadden Sea. [details]

Distribution In the 1976-1986 period Bathyporeia elegans was only observed near the western coastal zone, the Flemish and the Zeeland...  
Distribution In the 1976-1986 period Bathyporeia elegans was only observed near the western coastal zone, the Flemish and the Zeeland Banks. In this period the species reaches a maximum density of 90 ind./m2. The distribution pattern is extended in the 1994-2001 period with different observations in the area of the Hinder Banks. Maximum densities amounted to 2,500 ind./m2. [details]
Horton, T.; Lowry, J.; De Broyer, C.; Bellan-Santini, D.; Coleman, C. O.; Corbari, L.; Costello, M. J.; Daneliya, M.; Dauvin, J-C.; Fišer, C.; Gasca, R.; Grabowski, M.; Guerra-García, J. M.; Hendrycks, E.; Hughes, L.; Jaume, D.; Jazdzewski, K.; Kim, Y.-H.; King, R.; Krapp-Schickel, T.; LeCroy, S.; Lörz, A.-N.; Mamos, T.; Senna, A. R.; Serejo, C.; Sket, B.; Souza-Filho, J. F.; Tandberg, A.H.; Thomas, J.; Thurston, M.; Vader, W.; Väinölä, R.; Vonk, R.; White, K.; Zeidler, W. (2018). World Amphipoda Database. Bathyporeia elegans Watkin, 1938. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=103058 on 2018-11-14
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original description Watkin E.E. (1938). A revision on the amphipod genus Bathyporeia Lindström. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 23, 1, 211-236., available online at https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315400054096
page(s): 222 [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

context source (Deepsea) Census of Marine Life (2012). SYNDEEP: Towards a first global synthesis of biodiversity, biogeography and ecosystem function in the deep sea. Unpublished data (datasetID: 38), available online at http://www.comlsecretariat.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/SYNDEEP-Towards-a-first-global-synthesis-of-biodiversity-biogeography-and-ecosystem-function-in-the-deep-sea-Eva-Ramirez-Llodra-et-al..pdf [details]   

context source (Schelde) Maris, T.; Beauchard, O.; Van Damme, S.; Van den Bergh, E.; Wijnhoven, S.; Meire, P. (2013). Referentiematrices en Ecotoopoppervlaktes Annex bij de Evaluatiemethodiek Schelde-estuarium Studie naar “Ecotoopoppervlaktes en intactness index”. <em>Monitor Taskforce Publication Series, 2013-01. NIOZ: Yerseke.</em> 35 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). , available online at http://www.itis.gov [details]   

additional source Bachelet, G.; Dauvin, J.-C.; Sorbe, J.C. (2003). An updated checklist of marine and brackish water Amphipoda (Crustacea: Peracarida) of the southern Bay of Biscay (NE Atlantic). <i>Cah. Biol. Mar. 44(2)</i>: 121-151 (look up in IMIS[details]   

additional source Muller, Y. (2004). Faune et flore du littoral du Nord, du Pas-de-Calais et de la Belgique: inventaire. [Coastal fauna and flora of the Nord, Pas-de-Calais and Belgium: inventory]. <em>Commission Régionale de Biologie Région Nord Pas-de-Calais: France.</em> 307 pp., available online at http://www.vliz.be/imisdocs/publications/145561.pdf [details]   
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien  Containing type locality 
 

From editor or global species database
Description Amphipod with laterally flattened body, rather slender and elongate. Up to 6 mm long. Head without
rostrum but with clearly discernible eyes. The upper antennae seem to be standing on an outgrowth
of the head. Usually not pigmented. [details]

From other sources
Biology Bathyporeia spp. show two types of movement, swimming and burrowing, that may follow each other up in rapid succession. Often they seem to burrow with the dorsal side upwards. This may be associated with the breeding cycle. In deeper waters the spring rise in temperature initiates breeding, while in shallower waters it is induced by tidal phasing. Ovigerous females of B. elegans are found mainly from May to August (Watkin, 1939a, 1939b; Nicolaisen & Kanneworff, 1969; Finchham, 1971).


Bathyporeia shows a typical feeding position lying upside down in a small cavity in the sand, and may be considered a selective deposit feeder. It feeds by cleaning sand grains from adhering micro-organisms and detritus (Nicolaisen & Kanneworff, 1969). [details]


Distribution B. elegans is one of the most common macrobenthic species on the Dutch Continental Shelf and the most abundant species of the genus Bathyporeia. It is not present in the deeper
central Oyster Ground and the Wadden Sea. [details]

Distribution In the 1976-1986 period Bathyporeia elegans was only observed near the western coastal zone, the Flemish and the Zeeland Banks. In this period the species reaches a maximum density of 90 ind./m2. The distribution pattern is extended in the 1994-2001 period with different observations in the area of the Hinder Banks. Maximum densities amounted to 2,500 ind./m2. [details]

Habitat Bathyporeia elegans is mainly found in medium to coarse-grained sediments (median grain size > 150 μm) with a low mud content (chiefly < 20%). The optimal sediment type has a median grain size of 200 to 350 μm (relative occurrence: > 30%) and a mud content of maximum 10% (relative occurrence: > 20%). [details]

Habitat B. elegans species prefers fine sand with a low content of mud. [details]

Morphology B. elegans has a length of up to 6 mm. Its body is laterally compressed, rather slender and elongate. The head has no rostrum and the eyes are distinct. The body is devoid of pigment. The telson is completely split (Lincoln, 1979; Hayward & Ryland, 1990). Species of the genus Bathyporeia are remarkably similar in general rnorphology. They mostly differ in the number or size of little spines that are present at the plates covering their bodies. [details]
 

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English sand digger shrimp  [details]