Styloniscus mauritiensis (Barnard 1936)


GB IUCN status: Not applicable (non-native)


Another very small, reddish species, with a tuberculate body and an eye composed of three ommatidia. However, there are other similar species, such as Cordioniscus stebbingi and S. spinosus occurring in heated glasshouses.

Identification should be based on a male specimen.

Keith Lugg
Keith Lugg
Keith Lugg

Distribution and Habitat

Currently it is only known from Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh where specimens were collected within peat inside plant pots in a heated glasshouse in 1986.  It was subsequently refound there in 2015 during the BMIG field meeting.

In the wild S. mauritiensis is known from the islands of Hawaii and Mauritius.



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