Shore Slater

Ligia australiensis

Ligia australiensis - Shore Slater

Size: 15 mm

Distribution: All SA coast

Habitat: A wide variety of coastal habitats, but commonly on rocky coast

Depth: High intertidal and splash zone

This fast moving isopod can be encountered in large numbers on rocky coastlines. A dark brownish grey in colour, it is easily mistaken for other marine isopods, particularly Cirolania australiense. However, its long and slender branching uropods, forward-pointing antennae and its more elongate body help to distinguish it.