Baikal Amphipod: Acanthogammarus Lappaceus in a Glass Cloche
12 cm high
wood base | glass
Available for requests 1-2 weeks delivery to Dubai
Prise on request
«Elevate Your Interior with a Remarkable Baikal Amphipod: Acanthogammarus Lappaceus in a Glass Cloche»
Prepare to be captivated by an extraordinary piece of deep-sea wonder. Allow us to introduce you to the Baikal amphipod, Acanthogammarus lappaceus, an exceptional crustacean inhabiting the depths of Lake Baikal. This captivating specimen offers a fascinating glimpse into the unique world of endemic invertebrates thriving within this ancient and unspoiled freshwater ecosystem.
Amphipods, commonly referred to as «amphipods,» constitute the most diverse group of endemic invertebrates within Lake Baikal, boasting an astonishing array of species. A crucial factor influencing the abundance of amphipods is the concentration of dissolved oxygen in the water. This unique feature enables amphipods to thrive in various high-altitude locations, such as Lake Titicaca, situated at an elevation of 3,800 meters above sea level, where they reach a maximum size of 22 mm. In stark contrast, Lake Baikal, nestled at an altitude of 455 meters above sea level, is home to amphipods that can grow up to an astonishing 90 mm in length.
The thoracic legs of amphipods exhibit remarkable structural diversity. The first two pairs are equipped with false claws, adept at capturing water. The following two pairs feature claws that curve backward, while the final three pairs boast longer forward-pointing claws. Abundant clawless limbs aid amphipods in their graceful movement along the lake’s substrate, highlighting their remarkable adaptability.
This magnificent and substantial specimen of Acanthogammarus lappaceus, a proud inhabitant of Lake Baikal, stands ready to grace your interior with an extraordinary touch. It serves as a testament to the unparalleled biodiversity and exquisite beauty that Lake Baikal harbors. Enrich your living space with this unique piece of natural history—a conversation starter that celebrates the wonders of Lake Baikal and the intricate world of amphipods, all encased within a stunning glass cloche.
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