Corophium volutator

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Corophium volutator
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Scientific classification
C. volutator
Binomial name
Corophium volutator
(Pallas, 1766)[1]
Synonyms [2]
  • Oniscus volutator Pallas, 1766
  • Corophium grossipes Templeton, 1836
  • Corophium longicorne White, 1847

Corophium volutator is a species of amphipod crustacean in the family Corophiidae.[2] It is found in mudflats of the northern Atlantic Ocean.[3] It is native to the north-east Atlantic Ocean, and has been introduced to the north-west Atlantic.[4]


Corophium volutator is a slender animal, up to 11 millimetres (0.43 in) long, "whitish with brown markings".[5] The head bear two pairs of antennae, the first of which are small and point forwards, while the distinctive second pair are much longer and thicker.[5]

Life cycle[edit]

There are 1–2 generations per year,[6] and the females brood the eggs inside their brood pouch or marsupium.[7] They can occur in huge quantities: up to 60,000 per square metre have been observed.[7]


  1. ^ Mark Costello & Denise Bellan-Santini (2011). Lowry J (ed.). "Corophium volutator (Pallas, 1766)". World Amphipoda database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  2. ^ a b M. J. de Kluijver & S. S. Ingalsuo (1999). Macrobenthos of the North Sea.
  3. ^ Veronika Gerdol & R. G. Hughes (1994). "Feeding behaviour and diet of Corophium volutator in an estuary in southeastern England" (PDF). Marine Ecology Progress Series. 114: 103–108. doi:10.3354/meps114103.
  4. ^ A. L. Einfeldt & J. A. Addison (2015). "Anthropocene invasion of an ecosystem engineer: resolving the history of Corophium volutator (Amphipoda: Corophiidae) in the North Atlantic". Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 115 (2): 288–304. doi:10.1111/bij.12507.
  5. ^ a b Ken Neal & Penny Avant (2006). "Corophium volutator, a mud shrimp". Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme. Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  6. ^ W. Herbert Wilson, Jr. & Kristian Parker (1996). "The life history of the amphipod, Corophium volutator: the effects of temperature and shorebird predation". Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 196 (1–2): 239–250. doi:10.1016/0022-0981(95)00133-6.
  7. ^ a b J. A. Percy (1999). "Master of the Mudflats". Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership.