Axius stirhynchus & Alpheus macrocheles


1 March 2010

A rarely discovered Snapping Prawn, Alpheus macrocheles, was photographed at Kimmeridge Bay, Purbeck VMNR, Dorset. This crustacean appears a regular resident in the bay as thirty pairs were discovered a few weeks previously. 

Report and Photograph by Steve Trewhella (Facebook)

Previous Report from Kimmeridge

Photograph by Evan Jones (Shoreham and Pevensey)

Axius stirhynchus

27 April 2006
The small crustacean on the right was discovered on the shore at Eastbourne, Sussex.
Report by Dr Gerald Legg (Booth Museum)

This is Alpheus, the Snapping Prawn and not Axius. Note the absence of the triangular plate that extends to a minor rostrum between the eyes. It is Alpheus macrocheles, a scarce species found on the south coast of the British Isles (in British seas). It is one of two Alpheus recorded in the British fauna.

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Axius stirhynchus

This small crustacean was observed at Le Hocq, Jersey on 23 July 2005

Report & Photograph by Richard Lord (Guernsey)

The prawn lives in burrows offshore. The numbers of this crustacean which seems to be uncommon in British seas, are unknown.

Infraorder: Thalassinidea (Decapoda, Pleocyemata)

Axius stirhynchus
Photograph  ©  Richard Lord (Guernsey)

Axius Leach, 1815
Axius stirhynchus Leach, 1815
Calocaris Bell, 1846
Calocaris macandreae Bell, 1846
Jaxea Nardo, 1847
Jaxea nocturna Nardo, 1847
Callianassa Leach, 1814
Callianassa subterranea (Montagu, 1808)
Callianassa tyrrhena (Petagna, 1792) Roscoff (Bourdon, 1965).
Upogebia Leach, 1814
Upogebia deltaura (Leach, 1815)
Upogebia pusilla (Petagna, 1792) Roscoff (Bourdon, 1980). Synonym: U. littoralis Risso.
Upogebia stellata (Montagu, 1808)