Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Synonimies: Itea crassicornis, P. dollfusi, Typhloniscus steinii … Ferenc Vilisics, 14 June, 2007
Platyarthrus hoffmannseggii is a myrmecophylous isopod, which means it lives in ant nests. Blind and it is not clear why ants don't eat them. It's not the only species from the Platyarthrhus genus, but hoffmannseggi is the most frequent world-wide.
Best wishes, … Ferenc Vilisics, 11 June, 2007
Just to be precise with my previous comment (and because it is a new taxon on bugguide.net) I add the taxonomic classification of this species, however it is not very complicated:
Crinochaeta: family Platyarthridae
Genus: Platyarthrus Brandt, 1833
species: hoffmannseggii Brandt, 1833
… Ferenc Vilisics, 14 June, 2007
Non-native. Probably from Europe
. Acceptance of two native myrmecophilous species...