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Order: Collembola (Springtails)

 Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Phylum: Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda

Springtail Seira sp. (family: Entomobryidae) feeding on fungus on tree.

Collembolans are tiny insects that usually live in moist situations such as leaf litter. They have a special springing organ folded under their body that when released sends them shooting up into the air.

  • Superfamily: Poduroidea
  • Superfamily: Entomobryoidea

Further Reading

  • Christiansen, K. 1992. Springtails. The Kansas School Naturalist 39(1): 3-16.

  • Skaife, S.H. 1979. African Insect Life. Struik, Cape Town, pp. 30-31.




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