Porcellio laevis

Porcellio laevis

''Porcellio laevis'' is a species of woodlouse in the genus ''Porcellio''. It has a cosmopolitan distribution, and has been introduced to Australia, including Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island.

As the species epithet ''laevis'' as well as the vernacular name "swift woodlouse" suggests, the species is capable of quick bursts of speed when provoked. It occurs under rocks and fallen logs in damp areas, and is otherwise rarely encountered.
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassMalacostraca
OrderIsopoda
FamilyPorcellionidae
GenusPorcellio
SpeciesP. laevis
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