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Springtail - Proisotoma

Springtail - Proisotoma
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
February 12, 2016
Size: .67 mm
A possible adult specimen of my previous post plus a juvenile molting. I notice the eye patch is rather pale in the adult. I have a sequence of the molt which I will post as I have time available.

Interestingly, the eyepatch on the previously posted juvenile is the same length as the eye patch on this specimen.

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Springtail - Proisotoma Springtail - Proisotoma

Moved from Springtails and allies.

Tentative move based on Frans' comments. If I understand correctly, at a minimum, they belong somewhere in the area of Subfamily Proisotominae.

Proisotoma minuta juvenile
1. abd.4-6 separate (not fused)
2. eyes with 8 ocelli in 2 groups: an anterior group of 5 ocelli followed by a group of 3. Of the 1st group of 5 ocelli the 2 most anterior ones are so close that they touch eachother.
Both diagnostic characters are not well visible in the pictures, but are probably present given the overall habitus matches with P. minuta.
Max length of P. minuta = 1.3mm so this specimen is not an adult.

Thanks, I will keep investig
Thanks, I will keep investigating.

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