Big Pine Key Isopod

Neoporcellionides sp. “Big Pine Key” (nomen nudum)

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  • Adult Size: 21 mm.
  • Care Level: Advanced.
  • Temperature Requirements: 75-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Dry.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: None.
  • Locality: Big Pine Key, Florida.

This rainbow-colored species was found by Alan Jeon while searching through limestone slabs on Big Pine Key. For some reason, the original wild stock was almost twice the size of captive specimens produced thus far; perhaps as with other isopods the amount of space and limited resources encouraged individuals to grow larger and invest their energy into a larger reproductive event. This species reproduces consistently but slowly, and growth can be painfully slow regardless of temperature. These tribulations are worth it as the coloration of adults is some of the most striking that wild isopods can offer.

**After discussing this species and several other southeastern US taxa with Eric Maxwell, the current unofficial North American isopod specialist, this species and others in the group previously referred to in official publications as “Porcellionides” virgatus (the quotations are present in the document) are part of a clade of North American native isopods that have not been formally assigned to a genus. I will be using the nomen nodum “Neoporcellionides” to refer to these and the other species as Porcellionides is not native to North America and these taxa will probably be split into multiple species or subspecies based on geographical distribution, ecology, and morphology.