Garden Slater

Porcellionides pruinosus

Identification

Garden Slater, Porcellionides pruinosus

Slaters belong to a group of Crustacea called the Isopoda. Isopods sometimes resemble amphipods, but their bodies tend to be low and flattened rather than high and narrow. As with amphipods, there are many more marine than freshwater and terrestrial species. The most common isopods in Brisbane gardens are Slaters and Pill Bugs. Length to 10 mm. Bluish-grey in colour.

Habitat & range

Damp locations, such as under bricks, timber, bark or rocks. Common in suburban gardens.

Notes

Introduced to Australia from Europe, and now cosmopolitan in warmer parts of the world.

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