Cubaris sp. ‘Penguin’ (Tub of 10)


5 in stock



  • Origin: Cambodia
  • Common name: Penguin Cubaris, Whiteside Cubaris, White Side Cubaris, Orca Cubaris,
  • Adult Size: 1.4cm
  • Temperature: 22 – 28°C
  • Humidity: 65 – 85%

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 sp. ‘Penguin’ originates from Cambodia and is one of the easiest Cubaris species for a beginner, they are relatively hardy and once settled and mature are productive breeders. These animals are a dark grey to black colour with white markings on the edges, head, ‘bum’ and underside, similar to penguins, hence their name. They are also known as ‘White Side’ or ‘Orca’.

Originating in tropical areas in Cambodia they require high levels of humidity (65 – 85%), too dry and they will struggle to moult. It is possible to boost humidity and create the perfect microclimate for these animals by covering the substrate with leaves, moss, bark and other bits of wood to trap moisture near the substrate.

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.