This is a small ball-rolling species, reaching 5 mm in length, looking rather like an immature Armadillidium vulgare. It is readily identified by the characteristic ‘hour-glass’ shape of the telson (also seen in Reductoniscus costulatus), the equally characteristic ‘spectacled’ pattern occuring on each pereionite and the double flange on the ventral edge of the first 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.