Springtail of the Month - 5
Species: Tomocerus longicornis (Müller 1776)
Collected at: Deciduous forest on E. of Lake Coniston Road.
It was dislodged from lichen growths on fallen branches of oak by tapping gently.
Identification key used: Aidgap Key by Steve Hopkin, publication expected 2003.
First added: January 2002
The image above is a favourite of collembolists on account of its age,
its accurate detail, and the obvious genius of the artist who, surprisingly, was
deaf and dumb. With many other of Hollick’s illustrations it first appeared in Sir
John Lubbock’s Monograph on Collembola and Thysanura published by the
Ray Society in 1873, the year the Postal Microscopical Society was founded.
Originally the species was named Pogonognathellus longicornis, but now ,
with 4 other U.K. species, it is assigned to the genus Tomocerus.
It does curl up its antennae from the tip as Hollick depicted , but
frequently it is found with the fine terminal segments damaged and