This is a small ball-rolling species, reaching 5 mm in length. It looks rather like an immature Armadillidium vulgare, with which it shares the truncated 'square' uropods, but is readily identified by the characteristic ‘hour-glass’ shape of the telson (also seen in Reductoniscus costulatus), the equally characteristic ‘spectacled’ pigment pattern occuring on each pereionite.
A description of this species, with figures, is given in Gregory (2014).
Distribution and Habitat
Between 2004 and 2010 large numbers were collected from the Eden Project (Rainforest Biome), Cornwall.
In the wild it occurs widely in tropical and sub-tropical regions.
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.