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Collembola - Neosminthurus richardsi

Collembola - Neosminthurus richardsi
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
March 15, 2009
Size: ~1mm or less?
Found in leaf litter on underside of pressure treated pine board. I was scanning with camera lens and stumbled upon this globular. I could not see it as I didn't have my magnifying glass, so the size is an estimate. Could this be Neosminthurus clavatus?

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Neosminthurus richardsi
given the uniform body colour. A very close relative of clavatus.
Both share the typical short flattened dorsal setae.
There are 4 nearctic species of Neosminthurus.

A truly amazing series of shots. Congratulations.

 
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For whom is the species named?

 
The species is named
for Dr W.R. Richards who did a revision of the Sminthuridae of the world in 1968.

 
Thanks Frans, John...
I had found some images on Collembola.org which were very similar listed as N. clavatus. I was close to an ID this time!

I know
Nearly nothing of these animals but I can appreciate the difficulty and quality of these shots with you shooting these beasts that you can hardly see with the unaided eye.

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you keep astonishing me time after time with your work

 
Herschel, V...
Wow, thanks for the kind words. These small creatures are challenging to find and get good images of, but very rewarding to me when I see them on the computer.

Glad you're enjoying the images!