121/150: A tale of springtails

Animalia: Arthropoda: Collembola: Entomobryomorpha: Entomobryidae: Entomobrya: Entomobrya gisini (Christiansen, 1958)

Slender springtails are tiny, abundant organisms that are less than 1 cm long. There can be thousands of springtails within a square meter of soil. They live in damp habitats and can be found in soil, leaf litter, rotting logs, and sometimes you may see them in your home. They are harmless and only eat decaying organic matter, fungus, and algae. These springtails are distinctly different from the round, stout springtails in that slender springtails look more like a grain of rice. All springtails possess a furculum and a collophore. The furculum, their spring tail, tucks under their body and acts as a catapult that can launch a springtail several inches forward. The collophore is a tube structure on the ventral side of the abdomen that was thought to aid the animal in sticking to surfaces but is now believed to play a role in osmoregulation. #Canada150 #Biodiversity150

Specimen BIOUG03454-H10 – Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada – 13-Jun-2012 – Malaise Trap. Photo Credit: CBG Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics
Slender springtails come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colours. Photo Credit: Andy Murray goo.gl/QzVdke

Here’s the barcode sequence information for this species:

Process ID: CNJAD1685-12

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Visual representation of DNA barcode sequence for Slender springtails

Learn more about it’s BIN (Barcode Index Number): BOLD:AAA7239

16/150: What’s your mating strategy?

Animalia: Arthropoda: Collembola: Symphypleona: Sminthuridae: Allacma: Allacma fusca (Linnaeus, 1758)

Allacma fusca is a species of globular springtail (Collembola) originally found in western continental Europe and the British Isles. Most globular springtails have a unique and rather strange mating ritual compared to their plump springtail and slender springtail relatives. Continue reading “16/150: What’s your mating strategy?”

7/150: In the dead of Winter snow fleas emerge

animalia: Arthropoda: Collembola: Poduromorpha: Hypogastruridae: Hypogastrura: Hypogastrura tooliki (Fjellberg, 1985)

Hypogastrura tooliki (Toolik Snow Flea) is part of a group of animals known as snow fleas. These tiny creatures are not fleas at all, they are Collembola or springtails. Continue reading “7/150: In the dead of Winter snow fleas emerge”