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Species Sminthurides aquaticus - Water springtail

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Collembola (Springtails and allies)
Order Symphypleona (Globular Springtails)
Family Sminthurididae
Genus Sminthurides
Species aquaticus (Water springtail )
Explanation of Names
Sminthurides aquaticus (Bourlet 1842)
♂♂ to 0.5 mm, ♀♀ to 1.0 mm
holarctic, probably introduced in NA
Life Cycle
The male, using his prehensile antennae, can hold onto the female's antennae and be carried around for days.(1)
"Very small globular springtails with dimorphic sexes. The males are half the size of the females and have modified clasping antennae with which they can grab the bases of the antennae of a female. Look out for such head-to-head interconnected couples in the colony!" ─Frans Janssens
Works Cited
1.The Insects : Structure and Function
R. F. Chapman. 1998. Cambridge University Press.