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Strange Bug

Observed: 20th November 2009 By: Burner
Unknown Cork Bug 2
Description:

Any ideas what this could be? Spotted following flooding in Cork City (Ireland). Guess to be 3-4 cms long. Twin bifurcated structure to rear may aid ID.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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Martin Harvey's picture

Sea Slater

Looks very much the one that Matt Smith identified for me in this observation:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/9525

It's widespread around coasts (see NBN link above), guess the flooding may have brought it further inland. It's the largest UK woodlouse.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

Burner's picture

Strange Bug

Kitenet, Martin Harvey - thanks for your contributions. Seems to be in strong agreement with the other descriptions of this creature. Wouldn't agree it was washed inshore however. The River Lee is tidal up to where I found it and the old quay walls are built of stone blocks so there should be plenty of familiar habitat for it, if it could tolerate the more brackish conditions.
Burner

Martin Harvey's picture

habitat

Yes, that sounds like perfectly good habitat for the Sea Slater!

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Entomologist and biological recorder