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Global Collembola on Deception Island

Collembola are unlikely to cause human dermatitis

Two New Species of Paranura (Collembola: Neanuridae) from Southeastern Mexico

Locomotor Response of Folsomia candida (Collembola: Isotomidae) to Cooling Temperatures

Assessing Collembola Biodiversity Under Human Influence at Three Gorges Area, China

Repellent Effects of Insecticides Against Protaphorura fimata (Collembola: Poduromorpha: Onychiuridae)

Aberrant spermatogenesis and the peculiar mechanism of sex determination in symphypleonan Collembola

Compensatory growth of Phanerochaete velutina mycelial systems grazed by Folsomia candida (Collembola)

Biodiversity and Community Structure of Epedaphic and Euedaphic Springtails (Collembola) in Transgenic Rootworm Bt Corn

Diversity of bacteria associated with Collembola – a cultivation-independent survey based on PCR-amplified 16S rRNA genes

Comparative Analysis of the Dorsal Chaetotaxy of Troglopedetes, Trogolaphysa, and Campylothorax Supports the Synonymization of Tribes Paronellini and Troglopedetini (Collembola: Paronellidae)

Revision of Palearctic species of the genus Dimorphaphorura (Collembola: Onychiuridae: Onychiurinae: Oligaphorurini) with description of new species

Fate of plasmid-bearing, luciferase marker gene tagged bacteria after feeding to the soil microarthropod Onychiurus fimatus (Collembola)

Review of North American Species of the Genus Onychiurus (Collembola: Onychiuridae), with a Description of Four New Species from Caves

Effect of Four Cropping Systems on the Abundance and Diversity of Epedaphic Springtails (Hexapoda: Parainsecta: Collembola) in Southern Wisconsin


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; subphylum Uniramia, class Insecta)

Subclass and order of primitive, eyeless, wingless, small insects, exhibiting simple metamorphosis, which have entognathous, biting mouth-parts, short antennae, six-segmented abdomens (sometimes fused), and legs which lack tarsi (see tarsus). Most species are less than 6 mm long, and can leap by means of a special, forked, springing organ (the furcula) which is held up against the under side of the abdomen by a catch (retinaculum, hamula, ventral tube, or collophore): when the furcula is moved downwards suddenly, it hits the substrate and propels the animal through the air. There are two suborders, the elongate Arthropleona, and the globular Symphypleona whose members have the mouth-parts tucked under the head. Springtails occur throughout the world and live in soil, leaf-litter, under bark and decaying wood, and among fungi and vegetation, and are very common, attaining densities of 60 000/m2. Some species are pests of leguminous crops, some feed on the blood of vertebrates, but most are important as scavengers and agents of nutrient recycling. Some species live on the water surface of ponds, or even on alpine snowfields where they feed on pollen and other debris. There are about 2000 species.

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