Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory

<i>Caprella danilevskii</i> Czerniavskii, 1868

Caprella danilevskii Czerniavskii, 1868


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Family CAPRELLIDAE Leach, 1814

Compiler and date details

James K. Lowry


Caprellid amphipods are found in all major zoogeographic zones. The world fauna currently comprises about 45 genera (McCain & Steinberg 1970; Takeuchi 1993).

Caprellids are found mainly on algae, seagrasses or bryozoans where they prey on small invertebrates. In turn, they are important prey items for coastal fishes. Some species scrape micro-organisms such as diatoms from the surface of seagrass fronds.



Body cylindrical. Antenna 2 flagellum shorter than peduncle. Mouthparts well developed. Mandible molar present. Maxilliped outer plates small. Pereopods 3–4 present or absent, 5–7 directed anteriorly or 3–5 greatly reduced, 6–7 directed anteriorly or 3–5 greatly reduced, 6–7 directed posteriorly. Pereopod 3 dactylus well developed or absent. Uropod 2 an undifferentiated lobe or absent.


Species excluded

from limital area: CAPRELLIDAE: Pseudoprotella phasma (Montagu, 1804), see Chilton, C. 1921. Report on the Amphipoda obtained by the F.I.S. Endeavour in Australian seas. Biol. Res. F.I.S. End. 1909–14 5(2): 33–92 (recorded this species), Guiler, E.R. 1952. A list of the Crustacea of Tasmania. Records of the Queen Victoria Museum 3(3): 15–44 (recorded this species), McCain, J.C. & Steinberg, J.E. 1970. Part 2. Amphipoda I Caprellidea I Fam. Caprellidae. pp. 1–78 in Gruner, H.-E & Holthuis, L.B. (eds). Crustaceorum Catalogus. Den Haag : Dr W. Junk N.V. [75] (excluded this species)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
11-Jan-2016 CAPRELLIDAE Leach, 1814 08-Jan-2016 REVIEWED Lyn Randall
05-Aug-2022 AMPHIPODA 29-Apr-2013 MODIFIED Dr Jim Lowry (AM)
05-Aug-2022 22-Nov-2012 MODIFIED
05-Aug-2022 19-Dec-2011 MODIFIED
05-Aug-2022 31-Mar-2010 ADDED
16-Feb-2011 MODIFIED