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Organism having equal number of feet on either sides of their bodies are called Isopods. These legs must be similar in appearance and function. Other organisms that are closely related to Isopods have legs that have different functions from each other (chewing, grabbing, walking, feeling, etc). Isopods usually have fourteen legs.

Isopod means similar foot or equal foot. The term is derived from the Greek words for similar or equal (iso) and foot (pod).

Isopods share similar characteristics whether they are of the same species or not. Crabs, crayfish, shrimps, and other crustaceans are isopods. They have outer shells that are segmented with seven overlapping plates. These outer shells protect the isopods from their environment and natural predators. Insteas of lungs, Isopods have gill-like structures at the base of their legs that help them derive oxygen. These organisms need to be moist in order to avoid death. If they do not enough moisture (dry), the isopods will die.

Isopods are not usually seen in the wild. Only the members of a category of animals called Cryptozoa (hidden animals) can be seen in the wild. These animals usually like dark, moist environments like the insides of the near decomposing or dead animals and in other plant materials. You can usually find these creatures under duff and leaf litter layers, under the soil surface and under logs or rocks. Their main source of food is wood which earned them their common name wood lice. Isopods can be a pest in the garden, albeit a minor one, because they also eat fruits and vegetables like carrots and strawberries.

There are two types of Isopods used in the classroom to study science. The roly-poly or pill bug (Genus Armadillidium) is one of the species commonly studied. This creature has the ability to roll into a tight sphere whenever they are stressed or threatened. It is hard for a predator to grip this isopod when it is in this position.

The roly-poly has short legs, a shape that is highly domed and an low-key antennae. They move very slow and will have a hard time rolling back into their original position when they are on smooth surfaces. Their color ranges from light brown to a dark color (dark gray or black). On their backs you will see spots that are colored white, yellow, or cream. They are small isopods with size ranging from seven millimeters to one centimeter.

Isopods of Genus Porcello are another type of isopod used in classroom science. They are commonly called wood louse or sow bug. Contrary to their common names, these isopods are neither swine nor lice. These isopods have relatively flat legs extending beyond (a little bit) the edge of their shell and are small in size. Their antennae are powerful and are used in sensing their environment. Compared to the roly-poly, they move fast and as protection uses their long antennae and tail (spike-like) to roll back. They come in different colors like orange, purple, tan, blue, as well as gray.

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