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spring·tail

 (sprĭng′tāl′)
n.
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.

springtail

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

spring•tail

(ˈsprɪŋˌteɪl)

n.
any of numerous minute, wingless primitive insects of the order Collembola, most possessing a special abdominal appendage for jumping.
[1790–1800]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Translations
hyppyhäntäinen
collembolo
References in periodicals archive ?
Xylanura oregonensis, a new genus and species of saproxylic springtail (Collembola: Neanuridae: Neanurinae) from North America, with a key to genera of the tribe Neanurini.
the bioluminescent ostracod Vargula hilgendorfii, the copepod Calanus finmarchicus, and the springtail Sminthurus viridis) (reviewed by Henze and Oakley, 2015).
Many springtail species interfere directly and indirectly with decomposition because they eat the available organic material and still associate themselves with microorganisms and fungi (ZEPPELINI FILHO & BELLINI, 2004).
In contrast, springtail abundance does correlate positively with garlic mustard invasion (Alerding & Hunter 2013).
The abundance of soil mesofauna--springtails and mites, and the number of springtail species were the highest in semi-coke sampling areas where there was a dense plant cover (Table 2).
Key words: Arisaema triphyllum, Jack-in-the-pulpit, spadix, osmophore, aroid, Araceae, Collembola, springtail.
The Collembola, common name Springtail, are a group of arthropods, little known because of their small size and cryptic habits.
Entombed in amber the tiny springtail can be seen resting in a v-shaped depression at the base of one of the mayfly's wings.
This type of springtail isn't normally found here, but was spotted here for the first time last year.
These are adult snow fleas, a type of springtail which overwinters in the leaf litter at the base of trees and emerges on warmer winter days.
Crommentuijn T, Doodeman C JAM, Doornekamp A, Van Gestel CAM (1997a) Life-table study with the springtail Folsomia candida (Willem) exposed to cadmium, chlorpyrifos, and triphenyltin hydroxide.
This springtail species was described by Christiansen & Wang (2006) from Foushee Cave, Independence County, Arkansas.