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|Isopods (Isopoda) belong to the class of Malacostraca. Their original habitat is the sea. There are approximately 10, 000 species globally, which are divided into approximately 120 families, some examples of which are the Common rough woodlouse (Porcellio scaber), ...|
...roximately 10, 000 species globally, which are divided into approximately 120 families, some examples of which are the Common rough woodlouse (Porcellio scaber), the waterlouse (Asellus aquaticus), pill woodlice (Armadillidium vulgare) and the Giant isopod (Bathynomus - tribe).
|Armadillium (Pill woodlice)|
|The armadillium (Armadillidium vulgare) is a woodlouse and belongs to the family Ligiamorpha.
This isopod can reach a length of up to 16 mm and is able to roll itself up into a ball. While the males are predominantly a uniform blue-grey , black-grey or brownish-grey, , the females have bright spots. The surface of the armadillium is smooth. The armad...|
...s a high resistance to water shortages. Therefore, it is also found in forest edges and ruderal on plants growing on waste ground or among refuse.
The females breed up to 3 times a year. Depending on the size of the female, from 20 to 160 young isopods hatch.
|Isopods can reach lengths of 3 to 12 mm. The body is flattened. They have a constant number of body limbs and 7 legs. At the rear legs are gills. Isopods also live in fresh water. Although woodlice no longer live in water they still have gills. Under the body of the female isopod, there is a breast pocket, where the young (up to 100 per year) develop into adults in the pouch. |