Non insect hexapods

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OMMONLY KNOWN as springtails,

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families and 6,500 species. These small hexapods have a structure called a ventral tube on the underside of the abdomen. This is important in maintaining a salt and water balance and, in some species, for gripping smooth surfaces. Another feature is the jumping organ (furcula), which can be folded under the abdomen, where it engages with a catch. Muscular action releasing the furcula can throw the springtail well out of the way of predators.

Males deposit sperm on the ground or place it into the females genital opening. Adulthood is reached after 5 to 13 molts, but adults continue to molt until they die. Springtails are vital in leaf litter and soil chains, where hundreds of thousands may be found in one square meter.

quite long antennae yellow and brown coloration

0rder COLLEMBOLA

Family KnTOMOBRYIDAE

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0rder COLLEMBOLA

Family IsQTOMIDAE

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