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Talitridae is a family of amphipods. Terrestrial species are often referred to as landhoppers and beach dwellers are called sandhoppers or sand fleas. The name sand flea is misleading, because these talitrid amphipods do not bite people.

Talitrus saltator 2a.jpg
Talitrus saltator
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Amphipoda
Suborder: Senticaudata
Infraorder: Talitrida
Parvorder: Talitridira
Superfamily: Talitroidea
Family: Talitridae
Rafinesque, 1815
Megalorchestia californiana

Marine amphipods are often washed up in the strandline, but die rapidly on drying out. Talitrids differ in being able to survive for a long time out of water; some Southern Hemisphere species are entirely terrestrial.[1]

It contains the following genera:[2]

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  1. ^ Edwards L. Bousfield (2007). "Talitridae". In James T. Carlton. The Light and Smith Manual: Intertidal Invertebrates from central California to Oregon (4th ed.). University of California Press. pp. 611–613. ISBN 978-0-520-23939-5. 
  2. ^ C. De Broyer, M. Costello, D. Bellan-Santini (2011). Lowry J, ed. "Talitridae". World Amphipoda database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ James K. Lowry & Charles Oliver Coleman (2011). "Africorchestia a new genus of sand-hoppers (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Talitridae) from western Africa and south-western Europe" (PDF excerpt). Zootaxa. 2825: 55–68. 
  4. ^ J. K. Lowry & Arundathi Bopiah (2012). "Britorchestia a new talitrid genus from western Europe and the Mediterranean Sea and a revision of Pseudorchestoidea and Sardorchestia (Crustacea, Amphipoda, Talitridae)" (PDF excerpt). Zootaxa. 3451: 60–67. 

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