The Rough Woodlouse (Porcellio scaber) is an isopod that is probably living in a wet place very near you right now. Nash Turley and Hamilton Boyce discuss various aspects of their biology, talk about a behavioral study, and explore their huge variety of common names from around the world, for example, pill bug, sowbug, slater, rolly polly…
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- Nash’s tweet asking about common names.