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Oniscus asellus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Oniscidae
Scientific name  Oniscus asellus
Higher classification  Oniscus
Order  Isopods
Subphylum  Crustacea
Genus  Oniscus
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Species
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Similar  Oniscus, Isopods, Woodlouse, Porcellio, Porcellio scaber

Common woodlouse oniscus asellus


Oniscus asellus, the common woodlouse, is one of the largest and most common species of woodlouse in the British Isles and Western and Northern Europe, growing to lengths of 16 mm and widths of 6 mm.

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Distribution

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The common woodlouse is the most widespread species of woodlouse in the British Isles, both geographically and ecologically. It is not known from the Mediterranean Basin, but is widespread in Northern and Western Europe, as far east as Ukraine, as well as in the Azores and Madeira; it has also been widely introduced in the Americas.

Ecology

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The Common Woodlouse occurs in a wide range of habitats, including some with little available calcium. It is chiefly found under stones, and on rotting wood. It is the only woodlouse regularly found on heather moors and blanket bogs, where it lives around items such as rotting fenceposts.

Description

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The common woodlouse is one of the largest native woodlice in Britain, at up to 16 mm (0.63 in) long. It is relatively flat, and is a shiny brown/grey in colour, although juveniles are rougher.

Pale patches are often visible on the back of Oniscus asellus; these are areas that store calcium, which is then used to reinforce the exoskeleton after a moult. Moulting occurs in two halves, with the rear half moulting before the front half. The exuvia is often consumed by the animal after moulting.

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Oniscus asellus Wikipedia