Sphaeroma serratum (J. C. Fabricius, 1787)



ID Difficulty


The serrated edges of the uropod exopod and the plumose setae on pereopods 1-3 distinguish this pill isopod from other Sphaeromatid species. The propodus of the first pereopod has 15-20 distal setae. Males up to 11.5mm, females up to 10.0mm.

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Distribution and Habitat

Found on south and west coasts of Britain and Ireland and sporadically elsewhere, under stones and in crevices around MTL.


Jacobs, B. J. M. 1987. A taxonomic review of the European, Mediterranean and NW. African species generally placed in Sphaeroma Bosc, 1802 (Isopoda: Flabellifera: Sphaeromatidae). Zoologische Verhandelingen 238, 3-71.

Naylor, E. & A. Brandt. 2015. Intertidal Marine Isopods. Synopses of the British Fauna (New Series), No. 3. Field Studies Council, for The Linnean Society of London.

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