Species: Common Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus)

Family: Woodlice (ONISCIDAE)

Category: Invertebrates (Other)

Location: NW

A. Invertebrates (Other)

More extensive information on invertebrates can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Woodlice (ONISCIDAE)

Woodlice have 7 pairs of legs on their segmented bodies and are found in damp habitats. They feed on dead and decaying plant matter, so are valuable composting agents. They are easily desiccated, so will seek damp and shady places in hot, dry weather. Members of this family are sometimes called sowbugs. They prefer humid environments, such as under rotting wood, and have brown to black bodies that are generally flatter and shinier than other woodlice.

C. Common Shiny Woodlouse (Oniscus asellus)

Adults are shiny, and marbled grey and brown, with rows of yellow patches along the back.