|Kingdom Animale | Phylum Arthropoda | Subphylum Crustacea | Class Malacostraca|
Free-living isopods are common scavengers on reefs and rocky areas. They are completely aquatic. Their powerful jaws can inflict a nasty bite if improperly handled. Some relatives have become parasites. (Length 0.7-1.5cm)
Sea Slater or Sea Cockroach
Isopods are related to the amphipods but are dorso- ventrally rather than laterally flattened. These scavengers breathe atmospheric oxygen, aided by lung-like structures on their abdomens. (Length up to 2.5cm).
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP
@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre