Cubaris sp. ‘Red Panda King’ (Tub of 10)


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  • Origin: Vietnam
  • Common name: Red Panda King Cubaris
  • Adult Size: 1.0cm
  • Temperature: 22 – 28°C
  • Humidity: 55 – 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. ‘Panda King’ originates from Vietnam and is one of the easiest Cubaris species for a beginner, they are relatively hardy and once settled and mature are productive breeders. The standard Panda King are dark grey animals with white between the 2nd and 4th body segments, the legs and antennae are also completely white. The strip of white across the ‘shoulders’ makes them look a similar colour pattern to the Giant Panda, hence their name. Red Panda Kings, differ in that the grey segments are replaced with an orangey red.

Originating in tropical areas in Vietnam they require relatively high levels of humidity (55 – 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.

Many Cubaris species are fossorial or semi-fossorial and regularly burrow, however this species tends to stay on the surface as an adult. This relatively forgiving Cubaris species makes a great addition for a beginner keeper wanting to branch out into this family of diverse animals.

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.