Eelgrass Isopod

Pentidotea resecata

aquatic bug with long antennae, laying on its side with ventral aspect showing on a blue background

Common Name: Eelgrass Isopod

Scientific Name: Pentidotea resecata

Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family: Animalia Arthropoda Malacostraca Isopoda Pentidotea

Diet: Algae, eelgrass

Habitat: Temperature sensitive (15C waters), kelp forests, eelgrass beds

Range: British Columbia to San Diego, California

Identification: Body is longer than wide, yellow-brown/green coloration, two sharp point at the end of abdomen. Length: Under 5cm.

Reproduction: Eggs held in brooding chamber under the thorax

Behavior: Found clinging onto kelp

Predators: Fish

dorsal view of the eelgrass isopod on a blue background

Isopods are quite small, normally with a length less than 5 centimeters (2 inches)

Citations:Johnson and Snook, 1927.Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory. “Pentidotea resecata"