Sea bristletail (Petrobius maritimus)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded around the coast of Britain but with an absence of records from north east Scotland and the south east of England. No records were found for Ireland. However, this species is likely to be under-recorded.
Global distributionCommon throughout the north east Atlantic region.
HabitatFound above high water, usually under stones and on screes or in chinks of rock and wood. Occurs inland in several places along the west coast of Britain.
- Elongate, tapered body, up to 1.5 cm.
- Grey coloured body.
- Triple forked tail.
- Long, bristly antennae of 30 or more segments.
- Prominent eyes.
Additional informationPetrobius maritimus, may be confused with Petrobius brevistylis which occurs in the same habitat. The two species can be separated by the sub-coxae of the male. In Petrobius brevistylis the 8th abdominal segment is prolonged into rounded lobes, whereas lobes are absent in Petrobius maritimus.
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Last Updated: 03/06/2008