Chaetophiloscia sicula Verhoeff, 1908


GB IUCN status: Not applicable (non-native)

ID Difficulty



A slender species with a strongly stepped pereion/pleon outline, akin to a poorly pigmented Philoscia muscorum. Male first pleopod with highly characteristic endopod.

A description of this species, with figures, is given in Gregory (2014).

Mark Telfer

Distribution and Habitat

Chaetophiloscia sicula is only known from Eden Project (Mediterranean Biome), Cornwall, where it was first collected in 2005, but its identity was not confirmed until a male was collected in 2010.

It originates from the Mediterranean regions of southern France and Italy, but has been introduced elsewhere.


Gregory, S. (2014) Woodlice (Isopoda: Oniscidea) from Eden Project, Cornwall, with descriptions of species new to Britain, and poorly known British species. Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group 27: 3-26.