Dicyrtomina saundersi - Dicyrtomina saundersi

Description

Dicyrtomina saundersi  is a tiny globular springtail of only 2 or 3 mm. It has quite distinctive markings of pale greeny yellow and maroon.

Similar Species

This species is very similar to Dicyrtomina ornata, however D. ornata has a solid patch of dark pigment at the posterior end of the abdomen whereas in Dicyrtomina saundersi, this patch has a distinctive "multi-barred cross" pattern. There is also a distinct colur change at the joint of sections 2 and 3 of the antennae. 

Habitat

Under stones and logs etc.

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Quite common and widespread in Britain, although poorly recorded.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map