Guernsey commercial crab and lobster fisherman, Clive Brown, was pulling up strings of crab pots off Pleinmont on Guernsey's south-west coast on 7 May 2013, when he noticed this tiny 3 to 4 mm long (with abdomen curled under body) bright orange amphipod, which he collected in a bucket for me to photograph. He was potting in a water depth of about 25 to 30 metres.
Dutch marine biologist Marco Faasse identified this amphipod in the family acanthonotozomatidae "as Iphimedia eblanae, based on the two pointed processes on the hind margin of the basis of leg 6/7, the middle teeth (not just carinae) on the three pleon segments (segments with swimming legs) and the pointed coxa 2 (proximal to basis of leg 2)."
Jersey biologist Paul Chambers PhD wrote that this amphipod was last recorded in the Channel Islands over one century ago - by Walker and Hornell at Greve d'Azette in Jersey in 1896 and by Sinel and Norman in Herm in 1906/07.
This amphipod was returned alive to the sea on 12 May 2013.
File No. 070513 9417
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From Guernsey crustacea