Metatrichoniscoides is a difficult genus and only male specimens of M. celticus can be distinguished from M. leydigii or preserved specimens of Trichoniscoides. Identification is made by microscopic examination of male 2nd endopod.
Distribution and Habitat
Confirmed males are known only from south Wales, and it is appears to be endemic to the British Isles. It is primarily associated with sparsely vegetated erosion banks occurring just above the supralittoral zone, but has also been recorded 7km inland at an altitude of 170 m.
Characteristically, small numbers of specimens are found with extreme difficulty under large stones firmly embedded into damp humus-rich soil. It is typically associated with other trichoniscids, usually Haplophthalmus mengii, Trichoniscoides saeroeensis and Trichoniscus pygmaeus.