Definition of sandhopper in English:



  • A small crustacean of the seashore which typically lives among seaweed and leaps when disturbed.

    Orchestia and other genera, order Amphipoda

    Also called sand flea
    • ‘The high productivity is evident everywhere - huge rubbery masses of kelp washed up on the beaches, attracting swarms of sandhoppers and the birds that feed on them, including the elegant African black oystercatcher.’
    • ‘People standing near the edge of this angular structure look as small as sandhoppers from where we are.’
    • ‘Zonal recovery is a prompt escape towards the sea performed by sandhoppers under stressful environmental conditions.’