Smaller and prolific species one of my favorite . These Isopods are great clean up crews for vivariums! They are very active and reproduce quickly.
This species is from Florida and has a similar body shape to the asian Cubaris species. With a cute red racing spoiler on it's end and a dark body a group of Little Seas makes a nice impression.
Cubaris murina ‘Little Sea’ is a small to medium sized isopod in the family Armadillidae that will growth up to 3/8” in length. These isopods will curl into a ball when threaten, but have a softer shells than isopods in the genus Armadillidium. They will reproduce at a slow to moderate rate once established in your setup.
Cubaris murina are gray in color with two characteristic orange colored dashes on their rear segments (pleon). Juveniles, or manca, can appear lighter in color but this will darken as they mature. They can be very shy and will spend a majority of their time at, or just below, the surface of the soil.
You will receive a mixture of adults and juveniles / manca.
Tip for choosing this species: If you're looking for cleanup of tropical setups, Little Seas are a strong option as they appreciate high humidity, tolerate less ventilation, and aren't known to nibble plants
I recommend creating a master culture of your isopods and using it to replenish your clean up crews when needed. This will give you a backup in case the crew has issues.
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