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Species Account for Porcellionides cingendus

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Porcellionides cingendus  (Kinahan, 1857)
Isopoda: Porcellionidae

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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Endangered

Records: 11
First Record: 1990
Latest Record: 2019

1992-on hectads: 1
Pre-1992 hectads: 1
Total hectads: 1
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Taxonomic group: woodlice (Isopoda) - County data   
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Essex Red Data List comment
Remarkable occurrence in numbers at Howlands Marsh, N.Essex, confirmed by Steve Hopkin.

Species text
A speckled, dull, brown or grey woodlouse found in southern and southwest England and Wales, mainly near the coast. Its distribution is probably limited by the need for warm winters. It occurs in grassland, scrub or open woodland in grass tussocks or leaf litter. The woodlouse was recorded new to Essex in 1990 by P.R. Harvey at Howlands Marsh in two locations, TM103161 (dyke edge/grazing marsh grassland) and TM112168 (under concrete on landward side of sea wall). Its occurrence here extends the range shown in Harding & Sutton (1985) considerably. The species is unlikely to be confused with any other British species (Hopkin 1991), yet there have been no further records from other sites. It seems remarkable that the woodlouse should be confined in Essex to Howlands Marsh, where it is clearly well established and frequent in several habitats, and its occurrence warrants research. References

Species text last edited on Tue Mar 20th 2007 by user 3


Broad Habitat Data (based on 5 records with habitat information)

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Structural Habitat Data (based on 6 records with structural habitat information)

Habitat Detail and Method (based on 11 records with habitat detail and method information)

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