• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Crustacea
  • Class: Malacostraca
  • Subclass: Eumalacostraca
  • Superorder: Peracarida
  • Order: Amphipoda
  • Suborder: Gammaridea
  • Family: Iphimediidae
  • Scientific name: Iphimedia obesa
  • Norwegian: -


This family includes two species, I. obesa and I. minuta. The former can reach a length of 12 mm, while I. minuta rarely exceeds half that length. Thus, the individuals on the images above could be identified from the size, being approximately 1 cm. I. obesa is usually white or yellow with brown, red or pink bands. The eyes have clearly visible red pigment. There are distinct teeth on the dorsal plates.


It is usually found on depths between 10 and 300 meters, hunting for food among hydroids and algae.


It is common in the North East Atlantic, from northern Norway and the Faroes to France. There are also recordings from the Mediterranean.