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Porcellio spinicornis

Observed: 27th May 2013 By: Major BombyliusMajor Bombylius’s reputation in InvertebratesMajor Bombylius’s reputation in InvertebratesMajor Bombylius’s reputation in InvertebratesMajor Bombylius’s reputation in Invertebrates
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stevegregory's picture

This is a tricky one...

Jonathan

This is a tricky one - I believe you are correct. It's definitely a Porcellio sp.. The contrasting dark head, dark central stripe with (barely a hint of!) adjacent longitudinal yellow flecks all back up your ID. The pigmentation pattern is too neat and symmetrical, and the body tubercles are not prominent enough, to be P. scaber. I suspect this is a poorly pigmented and/or immature P. spinicornis.

Steve

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Thanks Steve. It had me

Thanks Steve. It had me puzzled for a while. I have found this species in Bristol but never in Derbyshire. It appeared indoors in the bath! But the garden habitat outside includes loose mortared walls and bits of limestone which seems the right habitat.