© Stuart M Bennett 2000
Ligia oceanica

This beastie is sometimes known as quarry-lice or sea slaters. They are grey-green with pale markings, but they can change colour to blend in with their surroundings. At night they become pale coloured as their pigment cells contract. They have two antennae and black eyes and are about 1 inch long. They live high on the shore, all around the British Isles, in sea-weed and under stones, and they scavange for minute particles of animal matter. By day they usually hide from gulls and crabs which prey on them. Sea slaters are active animals and can run at about 1 mph. After mating the female carries her eggs around in a pouch.

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