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Help ID this mystery isopod

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by cgeorgie, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. cgeorgie

    cgeorgie Arachnopeon

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    Came across this isopod in the garden. It looks like Armadillidium vulgare, but it's longer, thinner, has a slightly protruding head and has an obvious tail section. It cannot roll into a ball.
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    I was thinking, it's probably just a deformed A.vulgare but wanted to get thoughts from others.

    Thanks!
     
  2. schmiggle

    schmiggle Arachnoprince Active Member

    Seems to me it would have to be pretty deformed if so. I'll see what I can do re: ID, but also @Aquarimax
     
  3. I would agree. Looks like an A. vulgare that has been through hell and back.
     
  4. Gnarled Gnome

    Gnarled Gnome Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Any chance you kept it? Itd be interesting if you could breed it with the suggested species and see if you can start a new breed. (Assuming it's not just a different species already)
     
  5. cgeorgie

    cgeorgie Arachnopeon

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    I kept it. I've isolated it and Im going to try to determine its sex tomorrow.
     
  6. cgeorgie

    cgeorgie Arachnopeon

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    I'm interested to see if it changes appearance after it molts. I've heard isopods can regenerate some body parts.
     
  7. Gnarled Gnome

    Gnarled Gnome Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Dibs on the first offspring you're willing to sell! :D
     
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  8. Aquarimax

    Aquarimax Arachnoangel Active Member

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    I’d love to see some video and/or shots from underneath. They might help ID it.
     
  9. cgeorgie

    cgeorgie Arachnopeon

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    This video is not the best quality but the little guy spins around for us :) I'll try to get some photos and videos of its underside. Enjoy!