Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Porcellio scaber Latreille

Order: Isopoda
Family: Porcellionidae

Size range

  • Up to 17 mm long


  • Introduced from Europe. Widespread in backyards in New Zealand

Life History

  • Found in damp places, compost heaps, under bark and garden debris
  • Usually eat decaying plant matter, but feed on root vegetables if soil moisture is low. Also windfall fruit, seedlings
  • Sometimes found in large numbers
  • Also known as woodlice