Chaetophiloscia sp.


GB IUCN status: Not applicable (non-native)


Chaetophiloscia species are typically mottled brown, with a strongly stepped body outline, thus resembling a relatively slender Philoscia muscorum. These specimens were collected from the Isles of Scilly in the 1980s. In the absence of voucher specimens it has not been possible to satisfactorily name the species.

Distribution and Habitat

In the 1980s Chaetophiloscia specimens were collected from ornamental gardens on Tresco, Isles of Scilly.   

Of the three European species, C. elongata is perhaps the most probable, since it reaches the French coasts of the English Channel (‘Le Manche’) and is often associated with human activity (Noël & Séchet, 2007). However, in recent years two other species, C. cellaria and C. sicula, have been recorded from Britain. 


Noël, F & Séchet, E. (2007) Crustacés Isopodes terrestres du Nord-Ouest de la France: clé de détermination et références bibliographiques. Invertébrés Armoricains, 2: 1-48. 

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