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Orange-purple springtail on surface of puddle - Pseudachorutes

Orange-purple springtail on surface of puddle - Pseudachorutes
Vashon, King County, Washington, USA
January 9, 2021
Discovered this springtail on the surface of a very small puddle that had formed in a depression on a loose gravel driveway after a fair bit of rain. When done taking some photos, I assisted it (and a few others) off of the water and onto land. I think they look a bit like Ceratophysella gibbosa, but that's just a guess based on visual similarity...

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Orange-purple springtail on surface of puddle - Pseudachorutes Orange-purple springtail on surface of puddle - Pseudachorutes

Moved from Hypogastruridae.

Pseudachorutes sp.
I changed my mind after checking my image database. Apparently you did find it before. In 2018 you found the blue adults and a brownish juvenile. This specimen is inbetween : a subadult with bluish head and brownish trunk.
Note also : in the other image with the specimen with uplifted abdomen : this posture is typical for a moulting specimen.

Mistaken identity?
Hi there, Frans. This is actually the first time I've ever posted a poduromorph to this site... So, I'm not sure if you're confusing with me with someone else, or if you perhaps meant to leave this comment on a different observation? I'll wait on moving these images until I hear back from you with clarification. :-)

My mistake.
Indeed I got confused about the authors...
It was posted before by someone under the pseudonym OwlBob.
Your recent post is an excellent illustration of the variability in this species.

No worries!
Hopefully I'm understanding correctly that although your comment was referencing someone else's post, your ID of Pseudachorutes sp. is indeed meant for my images. (BTW, after doing some studying up on this genus, I'm pretty sure I have some decent images of adults. Crawling around on slime molds! I'll try to post those some time soon.)

Indeed it is Pseudachorutes
If you have more shots or chances to photograph it, try to make a frontal shot to see the pointed mouth which is characteristic to Pseudachorutinae.

Moved from Poduromorpha.

Indeed it could be Ceratophysella sp., but given we cannot see any anal spines (typical for Ceratophysella) we cannot be sure.

Yeah, I studied your website and learned that I should look for that physical characteristic, but only AFTER I had already taken these photos. :-( But, we continue to have lots and lots of rain, and once it finally stops those puddles will be ready to inspect anew and I will try again to better document these guys.

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