Talitrus saltator


A marine crustacean, the Sand-hopper is a close relative of the freshwater shrimp that is often caught when pond-dipping. Sand-hoppers live under seaweed and rocks around the tide line, where they feed on rotting seaweed and animals. Adults spend the winter in a dormant state, buried in the sand at depths of up to 50 cm above the spring tide mark.

How to identify

If you turn over rocks or seaweed you will often see them jumping out of the way. Sand-hoppers are grey-green in colour with one antenna larger than the other.

Where to find it

Found on sandy beaches all around our shores.


When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Our seas and coastline are in need of protection if we are to keep our marine wildlife healthy. The Wildlife Trusts are working with fishermen, researchers, politicians and local people towards a vision of 'Living Seas', where marine wildlife thrives. This work has recently had a massive boost with the passing of the Marine Bill, promising sustainable development of the UK's marine environment. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Talitrus saltator
Barnacles, crabs, shrimps and lobster
Length: up to 2cm Average Lifespan: 18 months
Conservation status