Sand-hoppers playing possum

The European sand flea or sand-hopper, Talitrus saltator (Montagu, 1808) is an amphipod crustacean (Family Talitridae; Order Amphipoda) which lives on sandy shores from Norway to the Mediterranean. Most people have probably seen them hopping about on the beach, especially in the zone of wet sand created as waves go out or the tide falls. Their typical…