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I am curious when did the isopod hobby start. For some reason I thought it really began and took off over the past 5 yrs. 

What were some of the orginal morphs? 

I assume it all started in the UK? 

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Someone in the USA wrote a book about the isopod hobby 5 years ago. There is evidence the isopod hobby started in the late 1990's in the United States with a hobbyist who isolated orange Porcellio from Spain and offered them for terrarium keepers regularly in the US arthropod hobby circuit, but there really was no hobby before the 2013 Isopods in Captivity book. 

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On 5/11/2018 at 2:56 PM, Bamboo said:

I am curious when did the isopod hobby start. For some reason I thought it really began and took off over the past 5 yrs. 

What were some of the orginal morphs? 

I assume it all started in the UK? 

IMcoverSept04small.JPGThere is an article, called Terrestrial Isopods, in the Sept. 2004 Invertebrates-Magazine (pages 9-12) about keeping isopods as pets in the United States. The orange form of Porcellio scaber is featured (2004 cover posted here), but the article also discusses the 'calico' form of the same species, white micropods, a few normal species and the iridovirus. The article conclusion: "Terrestrial Isopods have grown common as 'cleanup crew' and are gaining popularity as feeders for certain animals. However, unless someone finds a large species or can figure out how to grow them to 2" (even 1" would be great), they'll never become a popular pet. Still, there are some interesting species and the orange and blue forms are attractive."

The same article was greatly expanded and added to for the isopod section in the 2011 book, Invertebrates for Exhibition. The same person wrote the 2004 article, the 2011 I4E chapter, the small paperback Isopods in Captivity early 2013, and the large Isopod hardcover book published late 2013.

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