Common Striped Woodlouse Philoscia muscorum (Scopoli, 1833)
A common, fast moving and well marked Woodlouse, Philoscia muscorum is usually found in well vegetated, grassy sites and is very common in most of the county's woodlands. It regularly occurs in suburban parks and even gardens.

Note:- There is potential confusion with Philoscia affinis Verhoeff, 1908, which has not yet been recorded from Nottinghamshire, but which is extremely similar in general appearance to Philoscia muscorum. The pigmentation of the head and body is a reasonable identification guide to separating the two species, but reliable identification requires microscopic examination of a male specimen.

Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Philoscia muscorum
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Keith and Belinda Lugg. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Meg Skinner. Derek Whiteley. Paul Richards. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). NBGRC. Barry Lygo. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). David Shaw. Steve Gregory.

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Updated January 2024

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