Abstract 1. 1. The role of coprophagy in maintaining body copper and zinc levels in talitrid amphipods was investigated. 2. 2. During the study period both terrestrial and semi-terrestrial talitrids failed to show any feeding preference for their faeces over that of their normal food substrate. 3. 3. Changes in total body copper or zinc could not be attributed to any role played by coprophagic behaviour in the talitrids.