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Springtail of the Month - 1

Species: Tomocerus minor [Lubbock 1862]
Collection site: Warwickshire raspberry patch
Identification key used: Fjellberg

Characteristics used in keying out to family, genus and species:


Body elongated with segments well separated
Abdomen segment 4 is shorter than segment 3
Adults grey/brown and 4.5 mm long, not including antennae

Skin smooth and not finely granulated at low magnification

Prothorax reduced without dorsal setae (hairs) overhung by thorax segment 2 tergum

Furca well developed - note that furca comprises a base (manubrium) + pair of ‘arms’ (dens - plural dentes) + claw (mucro) on the end of each dens



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