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Asellus aquaticus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Crustacea
Family  Asellidae
Scientific name  Asellus aquaticus
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Isopoda
Genus  Asellus
Higher classification  Asellus
Asellus aquaticus Asellus aquaticus UK Aquatic Plant Society
Similar  Asellus, Crustacean, Isopods, Gammarus pulex, Gammarus

Asellus aquaticus 27 october 2006


Asellus aquaticus is a freshwater crustacean resembling a woodlouse. It is known by common names including "waterlouse", "aquatic sowbug" and "water hoglouse".

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Asellus aquaticus waterlouse


Ecology

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"Scud fly" is common throughout the temperate zone including Europe, Russia, and North America. Asellus aquaticus is found in rivers, streams and standing water particularly where there are plenty of stones under which it hides although not where the water is strongly acidic. It is omnivorous.

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Asellus aquaticus is relatively tolerant of a range of pollutants and has been used as an indicator of water quality.

Life Cycle and Reproduction

Asellus aquaticus Water Hoglouse Asellus aquaticus NatureSpot

Asellus aquaticus can breed throughout the year, if the temperature is high enough; they do not breed under cold temperatures. Maturity can be reached in few months under warm summer temperatures, but maturation may take as much as two years in permanently cold water bodies (e.g., high-latitude or mountain waters). Life span varies similarly: from 9 months in South Africa to 20 months in Northern Europe. Females carry eggs in brood pouches underneath their body.

Conservation

A number of subspecies are considered to be endangered including:

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  • Asellus aquaticus carniolicus, endemic to Slovenia.
  • Asellus aquaticus cavernicolus found only in Italy and Slovenia.
  • Asellus aquaticus cyclobranchialis, endemic to Slovenia.

  • Asellus aquaticus Asellus Asellus aquaticus Linnaeus 1758 a water slater
    Asellus aquaticus Asellus Asellus aquaticus a water slater
    Asellus aquaticus Water slater Asellus aquaticus

    References

    Asellus aquaticus Wikipedia


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