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Sea Slater (Ligia oceanica) Marine Isopod


Sea Slater Biology Facts:
  • Scientific name - Ligia oceanica (Linnaeus, 1767)
  • Common names - Sea slater, common sea slater, sea roach.
  • Marine crustacean.
  • Largest oniscid isopod.
  • Resembles a large woodlouse & is relative of woodlice.
  • Has long antennae & 7 pairs of walking legs.
  • Also has 2 uropod projections at end of abdomen.
  • Grows to a maximum of 2.5 - 3 cm in length.
Sea Slater KPCOFGS:
  • Kingdom: - Animalia
  • Phylum: - Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: - Crustacea
  • Class: - Malacostraca
  • Order: - Isopoda
  • Family: - Ligiidae
  • Genus: - Ligia
  • Species: - L. oceanica
Sea Slater Habits:
  • Lives particularly in rocky littoral zones.
  • Can be found above highwater mark on rocks & harbour walls.
  • Limited to damp environments because it has gills (but does not live in water).
  • Feeds on plant & animal debris (omnivore) during the night.
  • Active at night to reduce predation by seabirds.
  • Lives for around 2½ to 3 years.
  • Sea slaters usually breed only once in their lifetime (in 3rd year).
  • Breeding takes place in spring & summer.
  • In Europe it is found from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia.

Image - Sea Slater by me'nthedogs (cc)

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