Sea Slater Woodlouse

15th May 2008, Thursday

Yesterday we had another school visit the Nature Reserve, this time it was all the children from Tilling Green Infant School in Rye. Whilst hunting around on the saltmarsh for crabs and other creepy crawlies, we found 4 Sea Slater woodlice (Ligia oceanica). The largest one can be seen below. The body was over 2cm long.
Sea Slater Woodlouse
Sea Slaters can be clearly identified by the large size, flattened body and pair of long ‘tails’. They can be found around the high water mark, but even though they have a pair of gills they do not live in the water, prefering to hide in a nice damp environment. The maximum size they can grow to is 3cm long.