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Photo#89016
Chunky, white, blind guy - Pseudosinella rolfsi

Chunky, white, blind guy - Pseudosinella rolfsi
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
November 28, 2006
Size: about 1.4 mm
Spotted this jumping white speck upon peeling a mat of moss off a small, soggy, rotten log in a swampy area. Aside from g*lobular springtails, this is the broadest-bodied one I've seen. After a few leaps in my light arena he decided to leave his furcula in the uncocked position.

I'm adding new information Nov. 17, 2007 that I didn't realize was important at the time. As I recall there were maybe a dozen dark-colored ants as well under the moss. I have had little interest in ants so I hadn't commented on them.

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Moved
Moved from Cyphoderus similis.

Moved

This image we would like to use
in the project on Cyphoderus in ant nests.

 
Okay
I'll email you a higher resolution image.

Cyphoderus similis
Hi Jim. Also you have hit the jackpot! An new family, genus and species for the guide. Family is Cyphoderidae. There is only one genus in the USA: Cyphoderus. With one species: similis.
You have recognised the broad shoulders, typical for members of this family.
Most family members live in symbiosis with ants in antnests. You have been lucky to find one that was lost... ;-)
Indeed the resemble Pseudosinella: both have scales. Notice the fine iridisation.

I just looked at my Pseudos*inella images
and I think these may be the same or a closely related species.

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