|Sea slater - Ligia oceanica
Maximum length: 3 cm.
Appearance: Looks like a large woodlouse. The flattened body has seven pairs of legs, two large antennae and protective plates along the back.
Depth: On land above the high water mark.
Feeding: Sea slater is a consumer. It feeds on dead matter washed up around the rocks.
Environment: Sea slaters can often be seen scuttling around the sand and rocks above the high tide mark at dusk. They are limited to damp environments becuase they have gills. However, they do not live in the water.
Other facts: The animal lives for up to three years, breeding only in its third year.
Classification: Sea slater is a member of the invertebrate animal group. It is a crustacean.