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Collembola

Observed: 7th March 2013 By: WhichamWhicham’s reputation in InvertebratesWhicham’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Seen on a piece of rotting wood - an edge to a compost pile. One photo for sizing relative to another Collembola - Dicyrtomina saundersi.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

andyk's picture

Vertagopus

It certainly looks good according to Steve Hopkins' ID key, but would need microscopical examination to be sure.

Andy Keay

Whicham's picture

So in a way "my" expert

So in a way "my" expert contact was correct in being cautious. It's not possible to be sure, even if the suggested 3 key visible pointers (as mentioned before) are present - it still needs microscopic examination. Am I right in deducing that?

andyk's picture

Caution

There is always the chance of finding a 'new' British species in this little studied Class, so it is always best to confirm all of the diagnostic features, including the microscopic ones.

Andy Keay

Whicham's picture

acknowledged

Thanks Andy. I now understand the caution.
I did once consider getting the Collembola key, but I thought at the time that it was a tad expensive. Another obstacle to further study, perhaps (apart from the insect's size aspect, that is!)

andyk's picture

ID key

If you can afford Steve Hopkins' key, then do please get it - well worth the money! Steve was an exceptional scientist and his key displays his talent.

Andy Keay

jimmymac2's picture

Great photos!

Have you posted a separate observation with the globular springtail? If so, where? The markings on that one are stunning.

James
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