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Springtail - Anurida maritima

Observed: 5th February 2012 By: igm54
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Springtail (Anurida maritima )
Springtail floating on the tide.
Springtail in a rock pool
Description:

Tiny dark slatey blue creatures that seem to swarm together as they float around in the rock pools, streams, and tide? A wingless animal, a scavenger up to 3 mm long, covered in hydrophobic hairs which allow the animal to stay above the surface of the water. Unlike other springtails, A. maritima cannot leap, since its furcula is vestigial. Further information can be found: http://en.goldenmap.com/Anurida_maritima

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Species interactions

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Comments

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Anurida maritima

Once again invaluable help from Syrphus, thank you - spot on with the iSpotting. It is a fascinating beast

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Glad to help! However, I am

Glad to help! However, I am not convinced you can be sure of the species here. Others in the genus occur on the shore.

M.

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