Senckenberg Research

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lumbricidae enchytraeidae Anatonchus_tridentatus oppiella nova neojordensia_levis collembola Chilopoda_Cryptops parisi ommatoiulus sabulosus (L.,1758) Trachelipus_ratzeburgi
– Isopoda –
Scientist: pfeil Andreas Allspach
Institution:   Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt am Main
Internet: Project staff



oniscus assellusIsopoda Oniscidea (Woodlice)
Woodlice or Oniscidea belong to one of the crustacean groups most successfully adapted to terrestrial life They occur from littoral regions up to high mountainous areas, where the vegetational zone is still present

trachelipus ratzeburgiIn Germany more than 50 species occur, worldwide more than 3600 species are known. A biodiversity hotspot of the group is located in southeastern Europe, where the most diverse terrestrial isopod fauna can be found.

Woodlice occur in the upper layers of humid soil, some smaller specimens also live in deeper layers with a loose soil structure.

porcellio scaberBy feeding on fungi and other rotting vegetational material, terrestrial isopods are mainly responsible for the decomposition of organic material in nature.
The biology of most species is only poorly known, only the cosmopolitan species Porcellio scaber (common rough woodlouse) and Armadillidium vulgare (common pill woodlouse or pillbug) have been more intensely studied.


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