Smooth Slater

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Smooth Slater

Porcellio laevis


Slaters hide in moist places, away from the drying effect of the sun. The small limbs underneath the segments at the slater's tail end act as 'lungs'. 


Details Description
Type
Invertebrate
Group
Crustacean
Identifying Characteristics

Oval body shape up to 2 cm in length, with dull grey segments. Head with antennae present. A pair of short legs on each of the first seven body segments.

Distinctive Markings

Dull grey oval shape body, rolls into a ball when disturbed.

Diet

Omnivore. Feeds on decaying vegetation, fungi and animal matter.

Habitat

Lives in moist areas including under rocks, logs and leaf litter in forested areas, and under pots and in compost heaps in gardens.

Native Status
Introduced
Taxonomy
Phylum
Crustacea
Class
Malacostraca
Order
Isopoda
Family
Porcellionidae
Genus
Porcellio
Species
laevis
Found throughout Australia, including across Victoria, also Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island. Introduced to Australia.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.