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Species Vertagopus arboreus

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Collembola (Springtails and allies)
Order Entomobryomorpha (Elongate-bodied Springtails)
Family Isotomidae
Subfamily Isotominae
Genus Vertagopus
Species arboreus (Vertagopus arboreus)
Explanation of Names
Vertagopus arboreus (Linnaeus 1758)
Identification
"Some typical characteristics to watch for:
1. the deep blue colour, often with iridisation effects
2. the short antennae (only a bit longer than the head diagonal)
3. the whitish legs
4. the not fused abdominal segments 5 + 6
5. the dense cover of short setae (macrosetae are sparse, and most concentrated at terminal body segments)"
(comment by Frans Janssens)
Range
Holarctic and Patagonian. Possibly introduced.