Ligia oceanica (Linnaeus, 1767)

Common name

Sea Slater

Status

GB IUCN status: Least Concern

Identification

This is a distinctive species due to its habitat, very large size (up to 30mm in length), large eyes comprising more than 40 ommatidia, and its antennal flagellum composed of numerous bead-like segments numerous bead-like segments. In the field immatures may be confused with uncommon Halophiloscia couchii (which has three flagellal segments).

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Distribution and Habitat

It is common around the entire coastline of Britain and Ireland, wherever a ‘hard’ shoreline occurs, such as the base of rocky cliffs, on boulder beaches, or within crevices on harbour walls and jetties. It is remarkably fast and agile and difficult to capture.

Distribution

Reference

Gregory, S. (2009) Woodlice and Waterlice (Isopoda: Oniscidea & Asellota) in Britain and Ireland.  Field Studies Council/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

idBmigTaxa

71

BRC Code

Cru_1446