Australian Antarctic Magazine - Issue 18: 2010

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Australian Antarctic Magazine — Issue 18: 2010

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Marine scientist Dr Keith Martin-Smith took this stunning photo of an amphipod collected from the Tressler Bank off east Antarctica, during a marine science voyage early this year (see pages 1-3). The name amphipoda means ‘different-footed’ and refers to the different forms of their legs - they have seven pairs of walking legs, with the first four reaching forward, and the fifth to seventh reaching backwards. Amphipods range in size from 1 to 340 mm and live in all aquatic habitats and some moist terrestrial habitats (such as under pot plants in the garden).