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Unknown Collembola - Seira bipunctata

Unknown Collembola - Seira bipunctata
Naples , Collier County, Florida, USA
December 17, 2014
Size: 1.5 mm BL
This springtail was living in leaf litter in an oak hammock.


Seira bipunctata
With scale cover almost completely removed.

I appreciate the identification. What do you think happened to the scale cover? Does the scale cover come off with age? Could the springtail have rubbed it off while crawling through the gauze in the Berlese Funnel, or do you suppose the alcohol removed the scale cover? I'm just curious to see if there is anything I can do to improve my collection technique to prevent this from happening so identifications are easier to make.

The scale cover is easily damaged. It is part of an escape technique. If a scaled specimen is grabbed by a predator, the connection of the scales with the body is released, and the specimen can escape at the cost of a few scales. The scales are easily rubbed off, so you have to treat/transport the soil sample carefully. Also, the specimens stored in alcohol should be treated gently. :-)

Thank you
I will certainly try to be more careful. I appreciate the advice!

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