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COLLEMBOLA (springtails)

Subtaxa (ie subgroups of this Subclass)

ENTOMOBRYOMORPHA (entomobryomorph springtails)
PODUROMORPHA (poduromorph springtails) Order
NEANUROIDEA (a superfamily of springtails) Superfamily
NEANURIDAE (a family of springtails) Family
Anurida maritima (Guérin-Méneville, 1836) (a springtail)
Dorsal view
SYMPHYPLEONA (symphypleone springtails) Order
DICYRTOMIDAE (a family of springtails) Family
Dicyrtoma fusca (Lubbock, 1873) (a springtail)
Front view
Unidentified Collembola (Unidentified Springtails)
Dorso-lateral views

Suggested Literature

Identification Works

Checklist of the Collembola of the World: (World) Checklist of the Collembola of the World
Fjellberg, A., 2010 The Collembola of Fennoscandia and Denmark, Part I: Poduromorpha
Fjellberg, A., 2010 The Collembola of Fennoscandia and Denmark, Part II: Entomobryomorpha and Symphypleona
Gough, H.J., 1971 (Very out of date) A Preliminary Survey of the Collembola of Skokholm
Guthrie, M., 1989 Animals of the Surface Film
Steve Hopkin: Steve Hopkin
Hopkin, S.P., 2007 A Key to the Collembola (Springtails) of Britain and Ireland
Lubbock, J., 1873 Monograph of the Collembola and Thysanura
Class COLLEMBOLA Lubbock, 1870: Springtails: Class COLLEMBOLA Lubbock, 1870: Springtails

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 7 general literature references to COLLEMBOLA (springtails)

COLLEMBOLA may also be covered by literature listed under:

(living things)
(insects and other 6-legged organisms)

BioInfo BioInfo ( has 4 feeding and other relationships of COLLEMBOLA (springtails)

Further Information

Notes (MWS) Primitive wingless insects without metamorphosis. Springtails are named for the forked springing organ which most species have at the tip of the abdomen. This is held under the animal and can be forcefully extended causing it to jump many times its own length.

A very abundant group of organisms, in all terrestrial habitats. Their faecal pellets are a major component of many soils, becoming almost the only constituent in some cases.
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