2014) with amphipods
serving as their main food (Moller et al.
and incredibly tiny, they are like mini-piranha because they have teeth sharp enough to tear through the carcasses of dead whales and sharks which sink to the ocean bed.
littoralis) in the Gulf of Mexico and found that southern kingfish most frequently consume bivalve siphons and cumaceans, followed by mysids, polychaetes, brachyurans, and gammarid amphipods
Orange-shelled creatures called amphipods
also drifted by.
These tiny white crustaceans, now called Model Cave amphipods
or White Pine amphipods
, live in cool, clear groundwater and have, to date, only been found in two pools in this single cave.
Most stomachs (n = 57; 92%) contained invertebrates that represented 16 species from multiple taxonomic groups: predominately shrimp (60% FO), cephalopods (52% FO), echiurids (19% FO), and amphipods
(11% FO; Table 3).
As well as documenting new species, the team brought back incredible footage of the first supergiant amphipods
ever to be filmed alive - showing the crustaceans swimming, feeding and fending off would-be predators with their large body size and protective tails.
Lake Nhlange had a community dominated by polychaetes, chironomid larvae, amphipods
and the bivalve Brachidontes virgiliae (Barnard, 1964).
Most members of a category of crustaceans called hyperiid amphipods
are evolutionarily specialized for jellyfish riding.
The top predator of these caves, the spider waits with its front two legs raised in the air, then strikes passing amphipods
with incredible force and accuracy.
The scientists were uncertain if the bryozoan and amphipods
both benefit from this kind of relationships.
Banded killifish consumed a variety of prey items, including small crustaceans, amphipods
, cladocera, nematodes, chironomidae, and plant material (Becker 1983).