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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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Among these groups, according to BRUSSAARD (1998) and MENTA (2012), mites, springtails, isopods, and millipedes, in addition to a diversity of insect larvae, are considered the most important transformers of plant and animal materials, directly or indirectly facilitating microbial decomposition.
Springtails and mites were collected with a soil corer (0 5 cm) from the upper soil layer (0-10 cm), six samples from each sampling point.
Juvenile flytraps varying in size between 1.16 mm and 2 mm almost exclusively captured springtails (Collembola) found within the soil.
In contrast, ablation reduced the capture of springtails to just 29 % of that of the other two treatments.
From these slices 3D digital images of the springtail were made so an accurate analysis of its behaviour could be conducted.
In 1996, firefighters in Austria were called out to clean up a chemical spill on a road, only to discover the patch was in fact several million springtails.
Specimens of this springtail species were collected from Tom Barnes Cave, Newton County, Arkansas (Zeppelini et al.
For instance, a springtail's body, like that of an insect, is subdivided into a head, a thorax, and an abdomen.
Our previous experiment, which was conducted from April through mid-June in the same forest, found that supplementing the food base increased rates of reproduction and/or juvenile survival of Entomobryidae and decreased the [TABULAR DATA FOR TABLE 2 OMITTED] activity of most springtail families.
Xylanura oregonensis, a new genus and species of saproxylic springtail (Collembola: Neanuridae: Neanurinae) from North America, with a key to genera of the tribe Neanurini.