Cubaris murina – Little Sea Isopod (Tub of 10)


5 in stock



  • Origin: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, USA, Brazil, French Guiana, the Seychelle Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia, Australasia.
  • Common name: Little Sea Isopod, Little Sea Woodlouse
  • Adult Size: 1.2cm
  • Temperature: 17 – 28°C
  • Humidity: 55 – 70%

Isopod keeping is an ever-growing hobby that particular owes itself to this group of Woodlice and one species in particular; Cubaris sp. “Rubber Ducky” which became an online sensation. The genus Cubaris contains 100 described and even more undescribed species; the majority kept in the hobby are unidentified so are given a ‘nickname’.

Cubaris are known for their ability to conglobate, or roll into a ball, a trait shared by other isopod genera such as Armadiliidium. However in general the care of Armadillidium is much easier as they are from a more temperate climate and so are tolerant of a far greater range of temperatures compared the usually tropical and humid requirements of Cubaris sp.

Cubaris murina originates in South East Asia, but has been introduced and become widespread in the Americas and other areas. Many consider it to be the best bioactive custodian in the Cubaris genus. As indicated by its invasive nature it is a hardy species and so is one of the easiest Cubaris species for a beginner, and once settled and mature are productive breeders. They are dark grey animals with white legs, that can be slow to mature are very productive once they get going.

This incredibly hardy Cubaris species makes a great addition for a beginner keeper wanting to branch out into this family of diverse animals, it is an excellent custodian option for bioactive enclosures.

Sold in a tub of 10.

Please note that for the health and safety of these animals we will not ship Woodlice in cold weather.