12 Apr 2024

Critter of the Week

From the collecton Critter of the Week

This week’s critter is found on sandy beaches throughout Aotearoa.

The mōwhiti, or New Zealand sandhopper, is a sand-burrowing, beach-loving amphipod with impressive jumping abilities.

While they prefer to stay home during the day, they’re the life of the party at night, emerging in their thousands and springing around looking for rotten seaweed to eat.

Mōwhiti NZ Sandhopper

Mōwhiti NZ Sandhopper Photo: supplied by Forest and Bird