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.
- Kingdom: - Animalia
- Phylum: - Arthropoda
- Subphylum: - Crustacea
- Class: - Malacostraca
- Order: - Isopoda
- Family: - Ligiidae
- Genus: - Ligia
- Species: - L. oceanica
- 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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