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Neanurid Springtails - Morulina

Neanurid Springtails - Morulina
Avery County, North Carolina, USA
August 28, 2010
Size: about 10mm
There were 3 or 4 individuals on this mushroom. I don't have any better photos (e.g., no head or underside).

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thanks much for confirming, Frans

Collembola: Neanuridae: Morulina
crassa or gigantea. Both are about 4mm and have been recorded from North Carolina cfr Christiansen & Bellinger (1998).
Well done, Charlene!
Thanks Vassili, for (re)directing me.
You might want to check out more pics of Morulina at

Moved from ID Request.

remind me of endomychid larvae, but i'm not sure
will ask around

from F.W. Shockley:
"those don't look like any endomychid larvae I've ever seen. That's not to say they aren't though. We still don't know the larvae for many endomychids... including many of the North American species."

I guess this one will have to remain a mystery. Can we at least ascertain its order, e.g., Beetles (Coleoptera)?

both Paul Skelley and Art Zaitsev say, Endomychidae
so pls move the pix there for the time being

other comments...
I sent this link to a few other people and received comments from Steve Paiero and Jason Dombroski suggesting Neanurid springtails. There is a photo of a Morulina sp. in Steve Marshall's book (p.24) that resembles this photo...

Thought I'd "put that out there", but by no means do I doubt the expertise of Skelley and Zaitsev! :-)

sorry i didn't see this earlier, Charlene: great job, great eye
Steve and Jason have been most helpful on many an occasion

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