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 Major Groups | Crustacea (crustaceans) | Malacostraca (malacostracans) | Amphipoda (sideswimmers) | Neoniphargidae


Major Group: Crustacea
Minor Group: Malacostraca
Order: Amphipoda
Family: Neoniphargidae

Descriptive Features:

  • head exposed
  • antenna 1 accessory flagellum present, antenna 2 short
  • palp article 3 with rugosities
  • pereonites with sternal gills, simple, dendritic or lumpy
  • gnathopods with posterior distal rugosities, gnathopod carpus /propodus joint ordinary
  • rami of uropod 3 unequal, dispariramous
  • inner ramus reduced, sometimes absent
  • peduncle of uropod 1 without robust basofacial seta
  • antennae with or without calceoli
  • mandibles with palps
  • Total length: 5.0 - 16.0 mm

    Neoniphargus spenceri

    Taxonomic Checklist: Genera
    Jasptorus solepti Bradbury & Williams
    Neocrypta 6 species
    Neoniphargus 10 species
    Tasniphargus tyleri Williams & Barnard
    Uronyctus longicaudus Stock & Iliffe
    Wesniphargus 2 species
    Wombeyanus botulosus Bradbury & Williams
    Yulia yuli Smith

    Distribution: Tas, NSW, WA, SA, Vic

    Sensitivity Rating: SIGNAL grade 4

    Functional Feeding Group: shredders


    Lake Sambell, Beechworth Vic

    Ecology: Instream habitat: Neoniphargidae species occur in lotic and lentic waters, including streams, springs, temporary ponds and caves. They are found in littoral areas amongst weed or in mud and can also be found in vegetation held water. Neoniphargus and Yulia occur at high altitudes (up to 1463 m).
    Feeding ecology:
    Life history:


    Information Sources: Stoddart & Lowry 2003, Cummins et al. 2005
    Key to Genera: King & Bradbury 2012
    Key to Species: King & Bradbury 2012