epimeria rubrieques

Epimeria rubrieques, aka “The Red Knight”, is a recently discovered species of amphipod in the East Antarctic. It is large for an amphipod, reacing up to 7cm in length. It belongs to the cold water family Paramphithoidae. Although this species is very conspicuous because of its long mid-dorsal teeth, bright pink-red color and large size, it has only been recorded in the Weddell Sea. Observations on the general and feeding behaviour showed the species to be an ambush predator and a weakly motile epibenthic walker, which swims only rarely. So beautiful with their bright pink-red body and vermillion red eyes. <3