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Woodlice Web Pages(3362 bytes)
 Woodlouse Links
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bullet Background
bullet Taxonomy
bullet Identification
bullet External features
bullet SEM photographs
bullet Habitat & behaviour
bullet Experiment ideas
bullet Experiment results
bullet Glossary
bullet Oddities
bullet Questions & answers
bullet Other sites
bullet List of NZ Species
bullet Word Search This Site
bullet Conditions of use

Updated:  12/04/11

These pages are designed to give information about the structure, behaviour and adaptations of woodlice.

There are four common species of woodlice found in metropolitan regions of New Zealand. They are Porcellio scaber, Armadillidium vulgare, Porcellio pruinosus and Eluma purpurascens. It is relatively easy to distinguish between these species. There are also numerous native species found in native forest areas.

Porcellio scaber is the species used in our studies. This species is generally a grayish colour and has a head with three "lobes". P.pruinosis does not have an obviously lobed head and the posterior portions of the dorsal plates are not hook shaped as in p.scaber. When disturbed, both Eluma purpurascens and Armadillidium vulgare roll into a ball shape for protection. In the USA Armadillidium species are sometimes referred to as pill-bugs, non-rolling species may be referred to as sow-bugs.

E.purpurascens can be distinguished form A.vulgare by observing the eyes. E.purpurascens has a single eye, and tends to be pinkish in colour, whereas A.vulgare has a compound eye.

The links on this page apply mainly to P.scaber.

 
 
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External sources of information

Other sites with information about caring for woodlice, their adaptations and behaviour.

Woodlouse information
bullet Woodlice Homepage
bullet Rearing and experimenting with Isopods
bullet Armidillidium vulgare (pillbugs)
bullet Sowbugs and Pillbugs
bullet Control of Woodlice
bullet Gordon Ramel's "Insect" World
(includes information on woodlice)
bullet An Origami Woodlouse!!
Isopod information
bullet Australian Museum list of isopod sites - Buz Wilson
bullet International Terrestrial Isopods web site
bullet Selected literature on terrestrial isopods - Dr Martin Zimmer

The table below explains what the links are about.

Background.  Gives general facts about woodlice behaviour and adaptations
Taxonomy.  Describes the biological classification of P.scaber
External features. Shows drawings labelling the different bits of a woodlouse
SEM photographs..   Shows really close views of woodlice features
Habitat & behaviour.  Explains how woodlice behave so they can survive in dry conditions
Experiment ideas.   Lists some ideas for experiments to find out more about woodlice
Experiment results.   Shows the type of results you could get from your experiments
Oddities.   Briefly describes some strange facts about woodlice
Questions & answers. Answers to some questions asked by visitors

 

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