Porcellio dilatatus Brandt, 1833


GB IUCN status: Least Concern


This large species (to 15 mm) has a pale ‘dusty’ grey brown coloration.  It can be confused with P. scaber, but P. dilatatus is much broader and the telson has a characteristic rounded tip.  The presence of two flagella segments and two pairs of pleopodal lungs distinguishes it from Oniscus asellus.

Bill Urwin
J.P. Richards
Steve Gregory
Keith Lugg
Keith Lugg

Distribution and Habitat

This apparently uncommon species is scattered throughout Britain and Ireland, with isolated records as far north as the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.  For such a large species it is very under-recorded. 

This is a characteristic woodlouse of stables, cow sheds and dairy farms, often found within well-established manure heaps, but also under planks, stones and pieces of manure or amongst straw and other debris.  It is typically associated with the common Porcellionides pruinosus and the inevitable Porcellio scaber.   It also inhabits churchyards, gardens and allotments, typically within compost heaps and inside glasshouses. 



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



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