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Taxonomic Details for Uhlorchestia spartinophila

Systematic Resumé:
KingdomAnimalia
SubkingdomBilateria
InfrakingdomProtostomia
SuperphylumEcdysozoa
PhylumArthropoda
SubphylumCrustacea
ClassMalacostraca
SubclassEumalacostraca
SuperorderPeracarida
OrderAmphipoda
SuborderGammaridea
FamilyTalitridae
GenusUhlorchestia
SpeciesUhlorchestia spartinophila
Authority: Bousfield and Heard, 1986
ITIS TSN: 657396   (click on the taxonomic serial number to view the ITIS web page)
Habitats: Salinity Zone: Marine
GCE Contact: Steven C. Pennings, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Uhlorchestia spartinophila
Uhlorchestia spartinophila is the most common shoot-associated amphipod in the Spartina marsh. These talitrids are almost always found on cordgrass shoots, not down on or in the marsh sediment. Steve Newell has watched them as they carefully pick out the parts of the decaying leaf that they want. They will scoop out the contents of fungal ascomata (the sexual-spore-containing structures) in decaying leaves, and they will eat pure mycelium of saltmarsh ascomycetes if it is offered to them. Photo

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NSF

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.