Expert(s). Expert: Brian Kensley & Marilyn Schotte. Notes: National Museum of Natural History. Reference for: Armadillidium vulgare. Other Source(s). Source. Biology. Woodlice feed on dead organic matter, which they detect by means of taste and smell (2). During the breeding season, reproductive females develop a . Armadillidium sp.? – Armadillidium vulgare Pillbug caught in a spider web – Armadillidium vulgare Terrestrial crustacean – probably Porcellio scaber.

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Armadillidium vulgare was the only isopod present at the Mojave Desert collection site, but this may reflect the lack of other species in the area.

There is no nauplius stage, which most crustaceans have. Srmadillidium, sowbugs, centipedes, millipedes and earwigs. Found in coastal areas between 30 and 40 degrees latitude, in areas with a Mediterranean climate. Aerobic capacity and the significance of pleopodal lungs. Cuticular transpiration in woodlice Isopoda, Onisciedea inhabiting Benghazi, Libya. The hatching season generally ends in early fall to late winter.

Lipid melting and cuticular permeability: Sheltering behavior of terrestrial isopods in grasslands. The Role of the Dorsal Organ. Chemical sensing, particularly how the antennae handle air-borne ‘aggregate pheromone’ chemicals, is likely this species’ most important perceptive tool.

Armadillidium vulgare

Saturated solutions for the control of humidity in biological research. Armadillidium vulgare can be distinguished from other terrestrial isopods by observing both clearly visible antennae that protrude during conglobation and relatively short pereopods that cannot be seen from their dorsal surface. This behavior, conglobation, has been observed in response to situations when the body vukgare exposed directly to hard pressures or strong vibrations in the immediate area.


They obtain water from their food, and, when free water is available, active imbibe water through the mouth and anus Cloudsley-Thompson Finally, there are 2 to 4 days of ecdysis. When molting, the posterior portion of the body sheds first and then the anterior portion sheds around three days later Capinera Though most terrestrial isopods seek similar microhabitats, they differ markedly in their ability to tolerate dry conditions. Photograph by Lyle J. Dedicated naturalists volunteer their time and resources here to provide this service.

A potential problem in these experiments was boundary layer effects related to the still air conditions in the humidity vials. To prevent their re-entry, ensure any floor level cracks and door entries are sealed. Roberts for their comments, as well as Jeffery Knight, who identified our specimens. Adults can live for two to five years.

Studies have suggested that A. Females may produce one to three broods every year and each brood is composed of to eggs. Synonyms and other taxonomic changes.


Armadillidium vulgare eggs are thin-walled and possess a yolk. This rapid host decline is notable because the bacterium itself could potentially perform little or no multiplication during that time. Armadillidium vulgare has an oval body shape approximately twice as long as it is wide.

This pheromone also signifies the desirability of a habitat. An isopod subjected to forced conglobation by a dental rubber band. Sperm storage, sperm translocation and genitalia formation in females of the terrestrial isopod Armadillidium vulgare Crustacea, Peracarida, Isopoda.


Accessed October 24, at http: Optimal habitats have abundant decomposing organic matter, moderate temperatures, low illumination, and moderate to high humidity. To avoid testing isopods that were molting, only those with dark, firmly attached cuticles were used armadillkdium the experiments.

This large pill-woodlouse to 18 mm is often uniform slate grey, but can be highly variable in colour and mottled forms are often seen. Armadillidium vulgare is widespread today, but probably originated in the Mediterranean area Souty-Grosset et al. Vegetation is typically sparse, though spectacular blooms may occur following rain.

Photos of insects and people from the gathering in ArizonaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Alabama Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Iowa Photos from the Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa Photos from the gathering in Washington. Females begin to reproduce at around two to three years old.

The adult ranges in color from gray to brown and reaches 8. Journal of Experimental Zoology. Forward movement can be initiated from weak ground vibrations or forces that reach the body.