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Ampelisca brevicornis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Amphipoda
Suborder: Gammaridea
Superfamily: Ampeliscoidea
Bousfield, 1979
Family: Ampeliscidae
Costa, 1857

The Ampeliscidae are a family of amphipods, distinct enough to warrant placement in a monotypic superfamily Ampeliscoidea.[1] They are benthic, found at the bottom of seas and oceans. They are distributed worldwide, and are often abundant in areas with fine sediments.[2] They live in infaunal tubes, constructed from "amphipod silk" and sediment.[2]



  1. ^ Donald B. Cadien (September 25, 2007). "Ampeliscoidea of the NEP (Equator to Aleutians, intertidal to abyss): a review" (PDF). Southern California Association of Marine Invertebrate Taxonomists. 
  2. ^ a b Rachael A. King (2009). "Ampeliscidae" (PDF). In J. K. Lowry & A. A. Myers. Benthic Amphipoda (Crustacea: Peracarida) of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Zootaxa. 2260. pp. 132–142. ISBN 978-1-86977-411-0. 

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