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    hoppy little hexapods

    1. FransJanssens@www.collembola.org ages ago | reply

      Pls, can you confirm that the springtails were really hopping around?
      At first sight these specimens look like Anurida. A genus of springtails without a springing device.
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    2. budak ages ago | reply

      Hi Frans,

      I don't seem to recall if they actually hopped or not (let me check with a companion), but they were sort of moving about on the surface film of a tiny tidal pool surrounded by rocks on a mainly sandy shore. Size 3-4 mm.

    3. FransJanssens@www.collembola.org ages ago | reply

      Thanks, Budak. Given the habitat description and the size, most probably it are members of Neanuridae. They have the aspect of Anurida.
      Hypogastruridae look-alikes are much smaller.

    4. The Bald Eagle1 ages ago | reply

      Welcome to the group, . Glad to have you aboard, excellent first images.

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