- "I caught a wharf roach! Even the beaches must be messy!"
An information board in the bug exhibit will provide information about this bug.
"Wharf roaches can be seen along the sea, usually just above the waterline on rocky cliffs. They feed mainly on microalgae and detritus that drift to the seashore, making them cleaners of sorts. They often move in groups and run away quickly when they hear people approaching."
In real life
The Wharf Roach is a woodlouse-like isopod. It can be found all over the world on rocky coasts and harbors just above high water mark. They can grow up to 1.6 inches in length, the males being bigger than females. The body is flat and has seven body segments. The first five have flat, membranous gills, and the sixth have a pair of long, forked uropods.
The wharf roach is considered an invasive species in the eastern United States, because it is the dominant invertebrate in its habitat. However, the impact they have on competing organisms and its contribution to the diet of predators hasn't been properly evaluated.
Wharf roaches lay upwards of eighty eggs at a time in moist cracks and fissures. The female will usually carry the eggs with them using specially adapted appendages.