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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.
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(Animals) any primitive wingless insect of the order Collembola, having a forked springing organ with which it projects itself forward
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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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They also found that the springtail Folsomia Candida showed avoidance and high mortality rates in unamended bauxite residue and preferential movement towards amended and revegetated treatments, where it exhibited low mortality rates.
Animals like wandering albatross (having the widest wingspan of any bird), coastal redwood (tallest tree in the world), Paedophryne amauensis (smallest frog, and smallest vertebrate), Amazon water lily (one of the largest aquatic plants), coelacanth (one of the world's oldest living species) and deep cave springtail (one of deepest-dwelling terrestrial creatures) formed the subject matter of the doodle.
These include the Wandering Albatross, which has the widest wingspan of any living bird, the Coastal Redwood, which is the talledst tree in the world, and the Deep Cave Springtail, which is among the deepest-dwelling terrestrial creatures.
Springtail (Collembola) assemblages along an elevational gradient in Australian subtropical rainforest.
(2014) Trophic niche and predatory behavior of the goblin spider Triaeris stenaspis (Oonopidae): a springtail specialist?
Mr Mitcham added: "Frogs and toads will have perished along with wood lice, dung beetle and springtail, all vital in the food chain.
ciliata, and Neogonodactylus oerstedii (Bok, 2013; Porter et al., 2013)--and MWS opsins have been found in several other arthropods (e.g., 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).
To test whether Venus flytrap has growth-related prey size specificity, living springtails were placed into the lobes of large traps and observed until either the trap was triggered or the springtail left the lobe.
Key words: Arisaema triphyllum, Jack-in-the-pulpit, spadix, osmophore, aroid, Araceae, Collembola, springtail.