Dicyrtomina saundersi


Dicyrtomina saundersi
Dicyrtomina saundersi female juvenile
Dicyrtomina saundersi female juvenile
Dicyrtomina saundersi female juvenile
Dicyrtomina saundersi female juvenile

Class Collembola (Springtails)
Order Symphypleona (Globular springtails)
Family Dicyrtomidae (Dicyrtomid springtails)
Species Dicyrtomina saundersi (Lubbock, 1862)

Length 2-3 mm.

A small globular springtail with a distinct dark barred patch towards the rear of the abdomen. There is also a kind of ‘spaceman’ like image in the pattern towards the head. Similar to Dicyrtomina ornata, which has a solid mark on the rear of the abdomen as opposed to a distinctive pattern.

Seen all year round, under stones and bark in various habitats. A native species, and fairly common and widespread throughout Britain.

Found under loose bark in rear garden, South Staffordshre. © Peter Hillman.