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Identification
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The remaining two groups are the two orders Symphypleona and Neelipleona. Both have globular bodies quite distinct from those of the Arthropleona. The Symphypleona are often attractively coloured, their antennae are long and stand out prominently from the head.The globular body is composed of thoracic segments and abdominal segments, of which 1-4 are fused together and 5-6 form the anal papilla (= blunt protuberance). The Neelipleona, less than 0.5 mm in length, are often overlooked. They are usually present in Tullgren soil extractions and should always be looked for after the more obvious springtails have been collected. They have a characteristic go/stop/go walk and their silhouetted is soon recognised under a stereomicroscope. They are eyeless with antennae shorter than the head and are white, or very pale pink, in colour.

SYMPHYPLEONA


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