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Carbon-colored Springtail - Pogonognathellus

Carbon-colored Springtail - Pogonognathellus
University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, USA
February 3, 2008
Size: .3 mm at most
I've been finding that I have a growing fascination with springtails & mites (though it's probably just a faze...)

Due to my winter blues (caused by a lack of wildlife) I've been going to great lengths to find invertebrates in this cold, snowy time of year. During a brief 1-2 week period of thaw I was able to go out & collect various photos of mite & springtails (including the red one I posted earlier). I can usually tell a globular springtail from a cylindrical one of the bat just by looking (how can you not?) but beyond this I need to consult a source for information. Since I don't have any books on identifying springtails & I like asking questions, I thought I should post them to find out more.

This guy was under a piece of over turned wood in a patch of trees by my dorm.
The name is only what I'm calling it for the meantime. It's grey/black body is/was highly reflective, much like sharpened graphite or charcoal.


Pogonognathellus sp.
Family = Tomoceridae, given the very long 3rd antennal segment.
Genus = Pogonognathellus, given the 3rd antennal segment is tapering, not cylindrical as in Tomocerus.

I've moved the correct suborder, but I can't help beyond that.

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