Image Harvey Tyler-Walters - Aggregation of Petrobius maritimus. Image width ca 5 cm.
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Petrobius maritimus is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Arthropoda||Arthropods, joint-legged animals, e.g. insects, crustaceans & spiders|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Recorded 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.|
|Habitat information||Found 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.|
|Description||Petrobius maritimus are fast-running insects with elongate, tapered, grey mottled coloured bodies up to 1.5 cm long. They have three pairs of legs and a triple forked tail. Individuals have prominent eyes and a short pair of palps on the head set between a further pair of long, bristly antennae of 30 or more segments.|
|Additional information||Petrobius 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.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Susie Ballerstedt 2008. Petrobius maritimus. Sea bristletail. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 03/09/2015]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=4081>