Porcellio scaber "Rough Isopods" Wild type under 10k lighting, they normally appear a flat grey but the amount of blue in this 10k lighting gives them a purple appearance.
If found wild looking a bright purple or blue they should be avoided, truly being purple of blue is a sign of illness.
Commonly called the "rough isopod" Porcellio scaber can be found naturalized to many parts of the world. Originally found in Europe these adaptable little crustaceans are usually slate grey in color but many beautiful variants exist in captivity, and sometimes in nature as well.
Porcellio scaber variants kept here
These are the variants kept in the Steel Cut Collaborations collection now.
"Piebald" and "Skewbald Tri" mix
Piebald = wild type with spots
Skewbald Tri = calico with spots
These P scaber, splotched with patches of depigmentation, are what really got me hooked on isopods. I first found just 5 piebald individuals. Now the colonies are producing far more spotted individuals. The isolated colony produces about 80% spotted individuals.
Dalmatian morphs on scaber vary from heavily spotted to mostly white. The majority of individuals are more white than spots. Originally developed by Alan Grosse and . These are a colorful addition to any P scaber collection.
Originally wild collected here on the farm, this variant is a more difficult one to isolate, currently kept here as a mix with wild type, nearly all calico P scaber are female. There are some males found but isolating to a fully calico colony is not an easy task. Perhaps eventually.
Dalmatian morphs on P scaber vary from heavily spotted to mostly white. The majority of individuals are more white than spots. The grey/black dalmatian is the original dalmatian morph. Some individuals in the standard dalmatian group may also display the calico gene, giving their spots a brown and black mottled appearance.
The Spanish Orange variant of P scaber is also sometimes marketed as the "giant orange." There is nothing giant about them, they are the same size as any of the Porcellio scaber color variatiants. They produce a wide range of tones from brown to orange, to a pale almost peach.
We are currently out of this species variant until further notice.
"Calico - Sandy"
Originally wild collected here on the farm, this variant is another shade of calico and thus a more difficult one to isolate, currently kept here as a mix with wild type, nearly all calico P scaber are female. There are some males found but isolating to a fully calico colony is not an easy task. Perhaps eventually.
Porcellio scaber benefit from a slightly higher protein diet than some other species. It is also beneficial to supply many hiding spaces as they can be cannibalistic towards their young at times.
Porcellio scaber are a prolific breeder and make a decent feeder species.
They are not always suitable for use in bioactive style set ups. They may stress or harm sensitive reptiles and invertebrates. They are active protein seekers and have been known to bite in defense or nibble on soft skinned herps and newly molted inverts.
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