Insects have three pairs of jointed legs, a body in three parts, and one pair of antennae. Common insects in salt marsh include, flies, mosquitoes, katydids, planthoppers, and dragonflies.

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Mirid Bug and spider


Mollusks of the salt marsh include a variety of snails, clams, and mussels.

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Periwinkle (Littorina irrorata)


Crustaceans are animals with an exoskeleton, segemented bodies, two antennae, and jointed legs. Common crustaceans in salt marshes include crabs, shrimp, and scuds (amphipods).
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Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus)


Worms include a number of different unrelated groups of legless, soft-bodied animals that are generall long and skinny without a well-diffentiated head. The most conspicous salt marsh worms are polychaetes, which belong to the annelids - segmented worms that include earthworms.

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Semipalmated Plover with worm