Springtail body surface, SEM

Springtail body surface, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Springtail body surface. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the body surface of a springtail insect (order Collembola). The hairs (setae) and scales are typical of this group. The name "springtail" refers to the specialised jumping appendage (furcula) at the end of the abdomen (not seen). This allows the springtail to leap relatively long distances. Springtails have remained anatomically unchanged for millions of years, and are considered living fossils. Springtails live mainly in leaf litter, and feed on decaying matter. Magnification: x1100 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: ancient, animal, apterygota, apterygote, carapace, close-up, closeup, collembola, cuticle, exoskeleton, hairs, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, living fossil, nature, outer, outside, primitive, scales, skin, springtail, wildlife, wingless, zoology

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