- Aug 18, 2004
Anyone(socally) have these around them? They seem like cool creatures and a posible live food.
both good signs for a new feeder :drool:Eggs are deposited within a brood pouch on the underside of the adult female amphipod's body. The eggs hatch in one to three weeks. The young amphipods resemble the adults and leave the pouch during the next one to eight days when the female has her first molt during mating. The molt usually takes about one hour. And most species complete their life cycle (egg to adult) in one year or less (Smith and Whitman 1992).
ah. hmm... that is suboptimal but maybe not critically soMost species produce only a single brood of eggs
Most amphipods are scavengers
Amphipods are present in soft ground up to a depth of 13 mm. Leaf mold beneath shrubbery also offers a suitable habitat for terrestrial amphipods
man, sounds like you might have to be careful. ah, actually i can see a real low vent rig... a longer cage and you can just mist one side. maybe an inch of hard packed coconut fiber with an inch of semipacked leaflitter over itAmphipods do not have a waxy layer on their exoskeleton as do insects. They lose or gain moisture from their environment. Too much of a water loss results in desiccation while too rapid a gain is also lethal. This is why they migrate out of rain-soaked soil to drier areas where they usually end up dying anyway. Most species are active at night.
Potentially a good live food, they would have to be rlly quick at catching them cuz they can jump rlly rlly high, culturing them as is easy as pie tho, rlly rlly moist substrate (depends on species but most like it that when u squeeze it drips) and deep substrate to, they breed every 2-3 weeks (males attach to females for this period and then once the female molts they mate, this is gurrenteed to be 100% true for aquatic ones, not to sure about terrestrial tho I do have a colony and am waiting for bebes) and other then that it's just a giant ass springtail (or jumping isopod, whichever you prefer)Anyone(socally) have these around them? They seem like cool creatures and a posible live food.