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Photo#97947
springtail - Vertagopus arboreus

springtail - Vertagopus arboreus
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
March 10, 2007
Size: ~2mm

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Vertagopus arboreus
I was trying to get it upside down for a shot of the furca, and it wasn't cooperating, so I tried sticking it to my finger with saliva, and I guess it got too wet, but I did get the furca:-)

 
To make the furca visible...
you can also try this trick: exhaust the specimen by making it jump continuously by poking it gently with a straw or pencil. After a while it will not be able anymore to fold its furca under its body. The furca will then be in an extended position behind its body, down side up. This method can also be used to photograph the dental spines array in tomocerids. After a while the specimen will recover. In this way the specimen will not get damaged.

 
Wear them out
I'll give that a try next time.

Vertagopus arboreus...
What happened to this specimen?

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