Keywords: Armadillidium vulgare, Isopoda, Oniscidea, introduced species, Canada
Last October when I was visiting my sister and her family in Montreal, I went out into their backyard one nite after a rain to check out the local creatures. I saw snails, an Oxychilus sp., and the isopod Porcellio spinicornis.
There was another isopod species, Armadillidium vulgare, which I photographed and took one specimen of. Subsequently, I realized that A. vulgare, an introduction from Europe, had not been recorded in Quebec before, although it is quite widespread in North America.
A one-page note announcing the new record coauthored by me and my isopod teachers Joan Jass and Barbara Klausmeier of the Milwaukee Public Museum just got published in the Spring 2008 issue of the Newsletter of the Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods). The pdf copy of the newsletter is here. Our note is on page 13.
Armadillidium vulgare in my sister's garden.
Incidentally, this is my first isopod publication.