Dozens of Isopods!

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PostNathant on 1/22/2017, 1:49 pm

Let's just put it this way: I'm going to need a bigger fish tank...

  I decided to explore very close to the brook next to my house. There were lots of rock and logs. In and under them, I found spiders, millipedes and centipedes, even a queen ant in the middle of hibernation. I found hundreds of Isopods, though! I went berserk catching them. There were even a few color morphs. I believe the species were some sort of mix of Philoscia muscorum, Oniscus asellus, Porcellio scaber and quite possibly Trachelipus rathkii. There could be more species, I woudn't know. Here is a picture of them as a whole:



  I then grouped them roughly by species (Philoscia muscorumis not there becuase I find them very easy to identify.):

Oniscus asellus:










Porcellio scaber:







Are these right?


  These are the ones I could not roughly identify becuase they were too small, their color morph was too strong, or they looked like something in between two species:









Feel free to ask for better pictures if neccesary!
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PostT.C. on 1/22/2017, 5:04 pm

Sweet, I have had a few jack pots like this myself. Very Happy I am no good at giving ID's, especially Isopods so I will leave this to someone like hisserdude. Wink
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PostCanadian anter on 1/22/2017, 5:40 pm

I have found MANY MANY such jackpots. too bad I don't like isopods
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PostNathant on 1/22/2017, 7:18 pm

@T.C. wrote:Sweet, I have had a few jack pots like this myself. Very Happy I am no good at giving ID's, especially Isopods so I will leave this to someone like hisserdude. Wink

Yeah, water seems to be the key for me since it gives this moisture gradient to the dirt next to it. I have a spot only a hundred feet away from where my jackpot was, and all you find is the occasional P. muscorum. Quite amazing how much animal diversity changes, particularly insects, within only a few yards.
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PostNathant on 1/23/2017, 2:12 pm

I realized I did not get all individuals. l will post pics later or tomorrow
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PostSamkeepsants on 1/25/2017, 1:05 pm

Can i have pics of the millipedes and centipedes?
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PostNathant on 1/25/2017, 1:07 pm

@Samkeepsants wrote:Can i have pics of the millipedes and centipedes?

I did not catch them, just saw a bunch.
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PostSamkeepsants on 1/25/2017, 1:12 pm

oh also if you get them to breed ill buy some of the color morphs
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PostNathant on 1/25/2017, 3:05 pm

@Samkeepsants wrote:oh also if you get them to breed ill buy some of the color morphs

  Sorry, I do not wish to ship anything or give my adress to anyone. Wink
As long as you find a nice jackpot, you can easily find color morphs, I've noticed. Especially if the area is very close to water and there are a lot of dead leaves on the ground.
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PostNathant on 1/25/2017, 3:08 pm

Managed to use my novice ID skills to break down some more of the Isopods to species level. Still have a few though that need IDs, mostly close ties between P. scaber and T. rathkii. Pics coming soon.

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