Collembola - Springtails

The springtails are all grouped together into the Collembola and most simply, are small, wingless hexapods (six-legged), with antennae and entognathous mouthparts (the mouthparts are withdrawn into a pouch and only extended when eating). Most also have a forked abdominal appendage (the furca), that is held folded underneath and which when released, propels the springtail into the air (hence the name).

Springtails are very susceptible to desiccation. They are to be found in a variety of damp places including soil, leaf litter and at fresh/seawater margins.
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