deep sea hyperiid amphipod, Phronima sp., parasitic amphipod, parasite or parasitoid - <br />
Instead of constantly feeding on a live host, females attack salps, using their mouths and claws to eat the animal and hollow out its gelatinous shell. Phronima females then enter the barrel and lay their eggs inside, and then propels the barrel through the water as the larvae develop, providing them with fresh food and water. In this case the adult is guarding babies, photographed during a during blackwater drift dive, in open ocean at 40 feet with bottom at 500 plus feet below, Palm Beach, Florida, USA, Atlantic Ocean


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Image ID: 0243645-SKO-X

Deep Sea Hyperiid Amphipod Raising Offsprings on Salp

deep sea hyperiid amphipod, Phronima sp., parasitic amphipod, parasite or parasitoid -
Instead of constantly feeding on a live host, females attack salps, using their mouths and claws to eat the animal and hollow out its gelatinous shell. Phronima females then enter the barrel and lay their eggs inside, and then propels the barrel through the water as the larvae develop, providing them with fresh food and water. In this case the adult is guarding babies, photographed during a during blackwater drift dive, in open ocean at 40 feet with bottom at 500 plus feet below, Palm Beach, Florida, USA, Atlantic Ocean
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs

Image dimensions: 2851x4000