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Woodlice Web Pages(3362 bytes)
 Woodlouse Links
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bulletBackground
bulletTaxonomy
bulletIdentification
bulletExternal features
bulletSEM photographs
bulletHabitat & behaviour
bulletExperiment ideas
bulletExperiment results
bulletGlossary
bulletOddities
bulletQuestions & answers
bulletOther sites
bulletList of NZ Species
bulletWord Search This Site
bulletConditions of use

Updated:  12/04/11

These pages are designed to give information about the structure, behaviour and adaptations of woodlice.

There are four common species of woodlice found in metropolitan regions of New Zealand. They are Porcellio scaber, Armadillidium vulgare, Porcellio pruinosus and Eluma purpurascens. It is relatively easy to distinguish between these species. There are also numerous native species found in native forest areas.

Porcellio scaber is the species used in our studies. This species is generally a grayish colour and has a head with three "lobes". P.pruinosis does not have an obviously lobed head and the posterior portions of the dorsal plates are not hook shaped as in p.scaber. When disturbed, both Eluma purpurascens and Armadillidium vulgare roll into a ball shape for protection. In the USA Armadillidium species are sometimes referred to as pill-bugs, non-rolling species may be referred to as sow-bugs.

E.purpurascens can be distinguished form A.vulgare by observing the eyes. E.purpurascens has a single eye, and tends to be pinkish in colour, whereas A.vulgare has a compound eye.

The links on this page apply mainly to P.scaber.

 
 
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External sources of information

Other sites with information about caring for woodlice, their adaptations and behaviour.

Woodlouse information
bulletWoodlice Homepage
bulletRearing and experimenting with Isopods
bulletArmidillidium vulgare (pillbugs)
bulletSowbugs and Pillbugs
bulletControl of Woodlice
bulletGordon Ramel's "Insect" World
(includes information on woodlice)
bulletAn Origami Woodlouse!!
Isopod information
bulletAustralian Museum list of isopod sites - Buz Wilson
bulletInternational Terrestrial Isopods web site
bulletSelected literature on terrestrial isopods - Dr Martin Zimmer

The table below explains what the links are about.

Background.  Gives general facts about woodlice behaviour and adaptations
Taxonomy.  Describes the biological classification of P.scaber
External features. Shows drawings labelling the different bits of a woodlouse
SEM photographs..   Shows really close views of woodlice features
Habitat & behaviour.  Explains how woodlice behave so they can survive in dry conditions
Experiment ideas.   Lists some ideas for experiments to find out more about woodlice
Experiment results.   Shows the type of results you could get from your experiments
Oddities.   Briefly describes some strange facts about woodlice
Questions & answers. Answers to some questions asked by visitors

 

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