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Trachelipus rathkii

This european native species is often mistaken for Oniscus asellus or Porcellio scaber.  The smoother shell and 5 sets of white lungs underneath set them apart from both species.  T rathkii range from a calico yellow or orange to a darker grey.  Smaller than  laevis and typically showing at least a faint line of lighter dash marks above the lower edge of the shell.

Trachelipus rathkii

More photos of these beautiful isopods coming soon.

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Specialized Care:

T rathkii thrive with access to damp rotting wood, often burrowing deep into it.

Notes:

The rathki colors and shiny shell make them a very pretty species.

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