Collembolans are small hexapods rarely exceeding 5 mm in length. The 7,000 known species are found in a variety of habitats including leaf litter, soil, shorelines, water surfaces, intertidal zones, snow fields, and caves. They are abundant in the habitats they frequent where they can be the most abundant arthropods. As hexapods, springtails possess a body with head, thorax, and abdomen. The thorax has three segments, each with a pair of legs but no wings.
The Biology of the Collembola: The Most Abundant Insects in the World
Article by Steve Hopkin on the springtails, found in vast numbers in diverse habitats. [PDF]
Checklist of the Collembola
Provides comprehensive information on these hexapods, with a world checklist and photographs of several species. [PDF]
Information on these soil-dwelling arthropods, their life history and ecology, physical features, economic importance and classification.
Introduction from the Tree of Life project.
The characteristics of these hexapods, their life cycle, feeding and habitat.
Gordon Ramel's Collembola Page
An introduction to biology, classification, and ecology of Collembola (Springtails).
Snow Flea: Hypogastrura nivicola
Photographs and information on this insect.
Large image gallery from Iowa State Entomology.
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