Phronima sp. This amphipod was the inspiration for the character in the movie "Alien".

www.solvinzankl.com | Deep sea Pram Bug Phronima. amphipod (Phronima sp.) with young in a salp house. Phronima, the pram bug amphipod, is a small, translucent deep-sea hyperiid amphipod of the family Phronimidae. It resembles a shrimp with a head, eyes, jaws and clawed arms. Phronima are only seen in the wild at great depths. Phronima are carnivorous; they eat small plankton.

 

P. sedentaria often uses dead salps for housing.

 

Phronima served as an inspiration for the design of the Xenomorphs of the Alien film series.

housing young within salp | Die bekannte Titel-Figur aus Ridley Scotts Kultfilm "Alien" hat als über 2 m großes Monster die Zuschauer erschauern lassen - und basiert doch nur auf diesem hundertmal kleineren Tiefsee-Krebschen (Phronima sp). Der "Kinderwagen-Krebs" (engl. pram bug amphipod) legt seine Eier in einer ausgehöhlten Salpe ab, die er dann mit seinen langen Beinen über sich hält und behütet.

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Taken on November 9, 2007
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