Common Rough Woodlouse

Porcellio scaber Latreille, 1804

Slaters have small limbs underneath the segments at the tail end that act as 'lungs'. They are unusual in being crustaceans that live on land rather than in the sea so they are more closely related to crabs and prawns than other common insects or terrestrial arthropods. They spend most of their life hiding from the sun in damp, protected places as they dry out and die very easily. They feed on rotting vegetation.

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What habitats does Porcellio scaber live in?

Under logs, stones or pots in gardens.

What is the distribution of Porcellio scaber?

Europe, North America. Mainland Australia and Tasmania.

How big does Porcellio scaber grow?

Up to 2 cm long

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