Common Sea Slater

Ligia oceanica

''Ligia oceanica'', the sea slater, common sea slater or sea roach, is a littoral woodlouse in the family Ligiidae ("Rock Slaters").

''L. oceanica'' is oval, twice as long as broad and may reach up to 30 millimetres in length, making it one of the largest oniscid isopods. Its colour may vary from grey to olive-green, and it has large compound eyes and long antennae, ⅔ as long as its body.

''L. oceanica'' is found in temperate waters from Norway to the Mediterranean Sea, and from Cape Cod north to Maine. It is a common species, occurring wherever the substrate of the littoral zone is rocky, and is especially common in crevices and rock pools and under stones. It is a nocturnal omnivore, eating many kinds of seaweed,
diatoms  and debris, with a particular fondness for bladder wrack .

''L. oceanica'' individuals live for 2​1⁄2–3 years and usually breed only once.
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassMalacostraca
OrderIsopoda
FamilyLigiidae
GenusLigia
SpeciesL. oceanica
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Ireland
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