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Any of numerous small wingless hexapods of the class Collembola, having the ability to jump by means of a forked appendage on the abdomen that acts as a spring. Also called collembolan.


(Animals) any primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, having a forked springing organ with which it projects itself forward



any of numerous minute, wingless primitive insects of the order Collembola, most possessing a special abdominal appendage for jumping.
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Noun1.springtail - any of numerous minute wingless primitive insects possessing a special abdominal appendage that allows the characteristic nearly perpetual springing patternspringtail - any of numerous minute wingless primitive insects possessing a special abdominal appendage that allows the characteristic nearly perpetual springing pattern; found in soil rich in organic debris or on the surface of snow or water
insect - small air-breathing arthropod
Collembola, order Collembola - minute wingless arthropods: springtails
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The impact of altered precipitation on spatial stratification and activity-densities of springtails (Collembola) and spiders (Araneae).
Tenders are invited for provide once per month exterior perimeter spraying for control of ants, roaches, spiders, silverfish, sow bugs, earwigs, crickets, flies, gnats, billbugs and springtails.
Microorganisms evaluated as "life" in soils include vast array of bacteria, fungi, algae actinomycetes, virus, protozoa, plants and fauna such as nematodes, springtails, mites, earthworms and insects.
Bedano J, Cantu M, Doucet M (2006) Soil springtails (Hexapoda: Collembola), Symphylans and Pauropods (Arthropoda: Myriapoda) under differents management systems in agroecosystems of the subhumid Pampa (Argentina).
Springtails, which are also detritivores, have a similarly rapid response with population peak (GATIBONI et al.
Status assessment survey for springtails (Collembola) in Illinois caves: the Salem Plateau.
Soil invertebrates such as ants, springtails, worms, termites, spiders, slaters and dung beetles (to name a few) also play a role in storing and cycling OC (Jonas et al.
Try to wrap your head around these numbers: In one cubic meter of temperate climate topsoil you're likely to find more than 10 trillion bacteria; 100 billion fungi; 100 million algae; 1 million nematodes; 10,000 springtails, mites, and millipedes; along with fly and beetle larvae; earthworms; spiders; and lice.
The ancient sperm fossils predate the previous record holders--amber-preserved sperm from tiny insects called springtails and petrified sperm from mussel shrimps--by at least 10 million years.
Amongst the ice and rocks there are a massive number of species: in the sea, things like sea spiders, corals, worms and so on, and on land, springtails, mites, mosses and fungi.
Soil and microbial community as well as springtails and earthworms characteristics were studied in June 2010, epigeic invertebrates in June and July 2010.