Metatrichoniscoides is a difficult genus and only male specimens of M. leydigii can be distinguished from M. celticus or preserved specimens of Trichoniscoides. Identification is made by microscopic examination of male pleopods.
Distribution and Habitat
It was first discovered in Britain in 1989 in the grounds of a garden centre in Oxford city where it occurred deep among peaty compost accumulated within stones and gravel (BISG Newsletter 28, pg.1).
In 2011 a second site was discovered in Kent, under a stone on peaty soil beside the River Medway. This habitat is akin to that noted in The Netherlands, where this species is native, suggesting that it may be an overlooked native species in eastern Britain (Gregory, 2012).
Hughes, T. (2020) The occurrence of Metatrichoniscoides leydigii (Weber, 1880) (Isopoda: Oniscidea) on the Ribble Estuary, Lancashire. Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group 32: 56-58.
Richards, P. (2016) A third British site for Metatrichoniscoides leydigii (Weber, 1880). Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group 29: 34-36.
Gregory, S.J. (2012) The occurrence of two elusive woodlice, Metatrichoniscoides leydigii (Weber, 1880) and Trichoniscoides sarsi Patience 1908, in semi-natural habitat in Kent. Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group 26: 37-40.
Gregory, S. (2009) Woodlice and Waterlice (Isopoda: Oniscidea & Asellota) in Britain and Ireland. Field Studies Council/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.