Seen on a piece of rotting wood - an edge to a compost pile. One photo for sizing relative to another Collembola - Dicyrtomina saundersi.
No interactions present.
It certainly looks good according to Steve Hopkins' ID key, but would need microscopical examination to be sure.
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?
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.
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!)
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.
Have you posted a separate observation with the globular springtail? If so, where? The markings on that one are stunning.
Longworth Traps or The Bryophyte Club!
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