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Unknown Collembola - Willowsia nigromaculata

Unknown Collembola - Willowsia nigromaculata
Naples , Collier County, Florida, USA
December 17, 2014
Size: 1.3
This individual was in leaf litter in a hammock under a citrus tree.


Willowsia nigromaculata
according to Dr Felipe N. Soto-Adames, who recently revised these images.

for the updated information. :)



Lepidocyrtus floridensis

Wow, I am surprised.
This specimen looks very different from the images I sent earlier of another individual that you identified as Lepidocyrtus floridenesis.

Quite right...
The difference is caused by
1. the difference in age of the specimens
2. the difference in damage to the scale cover of the specimens

I am learning
so much from you. Thank you so very much! I know the most recent specimen had more damage to its scale cover. Which individual was older? I'm guessing the second one is older…. but that really is only a guess. It just looks more well-developed. For one thing, it's antennae are longer and have more definition.

You are right, Susan
It is different. It is clear from your recent upload that it is a different species. It comes close to Lepidocyrtus fimicolus, a species originally described from Puerto Rico.
So tentative ID = Lepidocyrtus nr fimicolus.

this one is still being included with the Lepidocyrtus floridnesis in the BugGuide guide. Who do we tell this needs to be changed to Lepidocyrtus nr fimicolus?

I guess...
you can ask any moderator. Such as Ken Wolgemuth or Vassili Belov.

I will try to do that.

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