Woodlouse head, SEM

Woodlouse head, SEM

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Caption: Spiky woodlouse head. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a spiky woodlouse (Laureola atlantica). The two small eyes (grey) and the sensory antennae (lower left and lower right) are seen. The woodlouse is a terrestrial crustacean that requires damp conditions to breathe properly. The segmentation of its shell (carapace) is shown by one of the dividing lines (across top). A woodlouse feeds on dead wood and plants, performing a vital role in the decay cycle. L. atlantica is endemic (found nowhere else) to the small Atlantic island of St Helena. It is now considered endangered. Magnification: x24 when printed 10cm wide.

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