Springtail, SEM

Springtail, SEM

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Credit: THIERRY BERROD, MONA LISA PRODUCTION/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Springtail, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). This arthropod is well-adapted to cold conditions, and dies if the temperature exceeds 12 degrees Celsius. The ideal temperatures is between minus 4 and plus 5 degrees Celsius. Adaptations include sheltering in rock cavities, and synthesising a form of antifreeze to prevent the formation of ice crystals in their cells. Springtails are so-named because they can jump large distances using their tail (lower right). This specimen was obtained from cold conditions.

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