Common Striped Woodlouse Philoscia muscorum


Common Striped Woodlouse Philoscia muscorum
Common Striped Woodlouse Philoscia muscorum
Common Striped Woodlouse Philoscia muscorum
Common Striped Woodlouse Philoscia muscorum
Common Striped Woodlouse Philoscia muscorum

Class Malacostraca (Malacostracans)
Order Isopoda (Woodlice)
Family Philosciidae
Species Philoscia muscorum (Scopoli, 1763)

Length up to 11 mm.

One of the ‘famous 5’ very common British species of woodlouse most likely to be seen. A greyish-brown species, with a dark head and dorsal stripe. Similar to Philoscia affinis, which is mainly found in woodland.

Seen after dark where it forages for dead organic matter on which it feeds. Seen all year round in damp leaf litter, under rocks and stones in various habitats, including gardens. Common and widespread. Native to Britain.

Discovered in back garden South Staffordshire. © Peter Hillman.

Species recorded and verified via iRecord.