Armadillidium vulgare (Latreille, 1804)

One of the most common slaters in urban and agricultural environments of New Zealand, Armadillidium vulgare is an adventive cosmopolitan species introduced from Europe. It has been present in New Zealand for over a hundred years, and is very widespread (Chilton, 1910).

Usually found around human dwellings, but known to occur in native forests (Scott, 1984; Sinclair et al., 2005).

Rolls into a perfect ball. In live animals, two pairs of pleopodal lungs can be seen ventrally (not visible in preserved specimens).