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Species Podura aquatica - Water Springtail

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Collembola (Springtails and allies)
Order Poduromorpha
Family Poduridae
Genus Podura
Species aquatica (Water Springtail)
Size
0.5-2.5 mm.
Identification
Although it can be confused at first with some other semi-aquatic hypogastrurids it can easily be distinguished by the very long arms or dentes of the pincerlike jumping organ or furca. Juveniles are orange; adults are bluish with reddish antennae and legs. [from comments by Frans Janssens]
Range
Europe, North America and Siberia
Habitat
Semi-aquatic. Often found floating on the surface of small bodies of standing water such as ponds, as well as on stream and pond banks.