Found under wood planks in the veg garden. Did not roll up when disturbed. About 8-10mm in length. Shiny in appearance.
No interactions present.
Excellent photo Paul, despite movement.
It is SO nice to see Description Notes. I DO wish everyone would do this. Well done.
Last year started to try and record the wildlife appearing in the garden. Slowing getting through it where I can provide some chance of a correct identification.
The small size, bright colour and slightly domed body make me think this could be the Western Shiny Woodlouse Oniscus asellus ssp. occidentalis, mostly known from south-west England and south Wales. Unfortunately need a male to be certain!
BMIG website: www.bmig.org.uk (centipedes, millipedes & woodlice)
BMIG Newsletters ~ www.bmig.org.uk/view/resource/bmig-newsletter
BMIG Bulletins ~ www.bmig.org.uk/view/resource/bmig-bulletin
SWEBREC is holding an ID course in September, so I've applied to get on it to help me. If I see anymore what could I do with it to get an ID?
Oniscus asellus occidentalis is more brightly coloured and 'domed' than the average flat grey O.a.asellus, but can only be reliably identified from a male specimen. Pop some specimens in a tube of 70% alcohol (isopropyl alcohol can be bought from chemist?) or vodka in short term! Hybrids are frequent, and these are most likely common in South Wales. You'll need a handlens and a copy of David Bilton's 1994 paper (I can email a pdf). See abstract (or download if you have access) at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1096-3642.1994.tb01478.x/ab...
Bilton's 1999 paper puts the two sub-species into context - download pdf at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/taxome/jim/pap/bilton99.pdf
Badger Greg Jones for more details about O.a.occidentalis when you're doing your course (though this is hardly beginners woodlousing!). It should be about in South Wales!
I'm always willing to check specimens (or images if good enough!) of any woodlice, millipedes or centipedes.
Sorry - lots of waffle, but a subject I know lots about....
Gosh Steve - that what I would call a response!
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No waffle detected! Missed out on the woodlouse ID course, but got a place on the beginners cranefly course. Off to the chemist when I get back to the chemist. Thanks also for the links, however unable to access the Wiley article - only have access to my dialysis journals.
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