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New Psyllipsocus species - Psyllipsocus decoratus

New Psyllipsocus species - Psyllipsocus decoratus
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
June 19, 2017
Size: ~2 mm BL
Several specimens were sent to Dr. Mockford, who confirmed that it's a new species, never before seen, and that it's very close to P. hyalinus and P. hilli.

All known specimens of the new species are from a single location and were found on shaded, brick walls (1970s construction) on which there was some lichen or algae growth [update: it was probably mold. They feed on mold]. It is unknown what, if any, habitat it might use in less urban areas, but maybe searching cave walls or rock outcrops would be productive.

Moved
Moved from Psyllipsocus.

Might I use this image on my website?
It's such a cool critter it really should be there.

 
Sure, Diane
Thanks for asking

Very interesting!
And very nice picture. The size or an estimate?

 
Thanks!
Body length is about 2 mm. I've added that info now.

splendid.

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