Sand Hopper

Name: Sand Hopper

Scientific name: Orchestia gammarella

Category: Marine

Nature Stars: 20

What are nature stars?

About: A marine crustacean, a close relative of the freshwater shrimp that is often caught when pond dipping. Sand Hoppers live under seaweed and rocks around the tide line, where they feed on rotting seaweed and animals. They grow up to 2 cm long.

How to identify: If you turn over rocks or seaweed you will often see them jumping out of the way.

Where: Found on sandy beaches all around our shores.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 50
  • Rarity: 10
  • Cute factor: 40
  • Traveller: 20

Fantastic fact: Also known as Sand Fleas because of their amazing jumping abilities.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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  • Otteratas
    • Date: 2017-07-25 11:41:01
    • Otteratas

    oh sorry i thought i had seen a sea slater but i saw one of these

  • Dolphita
    • Date: 2012-10-30 10:11:01
    • Dolphita

    i thought the same as catalas!

  • Catalas
    • Date: 2011-07-17 20:43:38
    • Catalas

    I thought the sand hopper was a wood lice he he silly me :D

  • Wigeonona
    • Date: 2011-06-18 10:04:53
    • Wigeonona

    sand hoppers are weird...

  • Dolphilor
    • Date: 2010-07-26 09:32:39
    • Dolphilor

    Another woodlouse under the sea