Chaetophiloscia sicula Verhoeff, 1908


GB IUCN status: Not applicable (non-native)

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Chaetophiloscia species are typically mottled brown, with a strongly stepped body outline, thus resembling a relatively slender Philoscia muscorum

Chaetophiloscia sicula is a slender species with a strongly stepped pereion/pleon outline, akin to a poorly pigmented Philoscia muscorum. The male first pleopod has the endopod of highly characteristic shape.

A brief description of this species, with figures, is given by Gregory (2014).

Mark Telfer


Chaetophiloscia sicula is only known from the Eden Project (Mediterranean Biome), Cornwall, where it was first collected in 2005, but its identity was not confirmed until a male specimen was collected in 2010.


In 2010 specimens were found underneath embedded rocks which were damp underneath. 

It originates from the Mediterranean regions of southern France and Italy, but has been widely introduced elsewhere.

This account is taken from Gregory (2014).


Gregory, S. (2014) Woodlice (Isopoda: Oniscidea) from Eden Project, Cornwall, with descriptions of species new to Britain, and poorly known British species. Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group 27: 3-26. 

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