Collembola

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Collembola

an order of small primitive wingless insects comprising the springtails, most of which possess a springing organ (furcula). They live in soil and leaf litter. see VENTRAL TUBE.
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Collembolan assemblages of polar deserts and subarctic nival communities.
kentucki from West Virginia (listed in order of importance) were ants, coleopterans, micro-gastropods, spiders, pseudoscorpions, collembolans, mites, and dipterans (Bailey, 1992).
esculentum, respectively, showed identifying parts of arthropods (AIP), such as those of spiders and collembolans as well as antennae, tarsi and arrow fragments (Figure 2).
Cassagne N, Bal-Serin M, Gers C, Gauquelin T (2004) Changes in humus properties and collembolan communities following the replanting of beech forests with spruce.
In this way, the quadrat sampling method could be less effective for larger and more active organisms like crickets, cockroaches and amblypygids and also some tiny organisms with rapid scape, like collembolans. Nevertheless, these taxa were well sampled using DSQm, which corroborates the advantage of using combined methods.
Changes in collembolan species composition in Eastern German mine sites over fifty years of primary succession.
the sampling data of microarthropod communities in SW Canada I evaluated the most suitable SAD models for major microarthropod taxonomic groups including oribatids collembolans and mesostigmatids and all species as a whole.
Elevated C[O.sub.2] modifies the pattern (abundance and diversity) of nematode communities (especially groups of omnivores, saprophagous feeders, and predators), earthworms and enchytraeids, oribatid mites, microarthropods, collembolans, and omnivorous insects as well as the proportion of edaphic groups via changes of plant biomass quality and moisture [61].
For example, the linyphiid spider Masoncus pogonophilus feeds on collembolans that also live inside its host ant nests [36], while the salticid spider Cosmophasis bitaeniata enters ants' nests to feed on their larvae [37].
Collembolans (springtails) have been considered to be the most numerous organisms of many cave environments and act as an important part of the underground food chain in many caves (9).
Dirt is teeming with a variety of life--thrips, collembolans, mites, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and earthworms, to name a few.