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Photo#271584
aquatic globular springtail - Sminthurides

aquatic globular springtail - Sminthurides
Roseville, Placer County, California, USA
May 2, 2009
Size: 1 mm
Taken from a local stream. Living in my aquarium.

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Sminthurides sp.
Female specimen.
The males are about halve the size of the females and have modified 'clasping antennae' with which they can grab the bases of the antennae of a female. Look for such head-a-head connected couples in a population. You will also find interconnected males... Apparently the males of Sminthurides are near-sighted or need a lot of grabbing practice ;-)

 
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