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Springtail - Dicyrtomina minuta

Springtail - Dicyrtomina minuta
Cowichan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
January 11, 2013
Size: ~1.5mm body length
Found under a piece of bark. Never seen one with such a fuzzy backside before.

Maybe something like Dicyrtomina?

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Moved from Springtails and allies.

I'm gonna figure these out eventually. :)

(I'll have to remember that cross marking.)

Another mark to remember...
is the kind of humanoid figure on the dorsum. With some imagination you will recognize a human figure in frontal aspect when you look at the dorsum of the specimen in the direction head-to-tail. The humanoid marking was 'discovered' by Eddie Nurcombe in specimens from the UK, and dubbed 'spaceman'.
This spaceman mark is typical in both Dicyrtomina minuta forma ornata and saundersi.
Have fun, Ken! ;-)

I see it :)
Thanks, Frans!

depends on how you interpret the dude's bottom part
the heavy boots would be consistent with the 'spaceman' interpretation; however, one may argue that it's actually a short-legged bodybuilder in a tutu, his feet touching the springtail's neck

In psychology...
your interpretation is called the result of a Freudian projection ;-)

no doubt about that, man.

That interpretation never occurred to me...
...but now I'm not going to be able to see anything else. :)


Dicyrtomina minuta forma saundersi
Note the patch at its butt in the shape of a multibarred cross.

Thanks, Frans!

Makes me think of Ptenothrix renateae

But I've been spectacularly wrong about these before. Frans will let you know what it really is. :)

That looks very close too!

Can't help with the ID,
but what a cutie!

Super cute!
Looks like a stuffed toy should be modeled after it.

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