Species of the Month

Metatrichoniscoides celticus Oliver & Trew, 1981

Perhaps the UK’s, if not the planet’s most elusive woodlouse?  Described new to science as recently as 1981 from a few sites along a 40km stretch of the south Wales coast.  A subsequent find in a limestone quarry 50km away and 7km inland at 170m asl suggested it is not confined to the coast.  Last month a male specimen was collected from limestone grassland about 8km inland on Anglesey, north Wales. The known global distribution of this tiny woodlouse has now expanded to include a 200km strip of Wales. It may yet prove to be even more widespread.

Read BMIG's full species account here.          Image © Keith Lugg      

A video of the live animal can be seen at: https://www.facebook.com/BritishMyriapodandIsopodGroup/posts/11402812360...