Dicyrtomina saundersi is a tiny globular springtail of only 2 or 3 mm. It has quite distinctive markings of pale greeny yellow and maroon.
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 colour change at the joint of sections 2 and 3 of the antennae.
Under stones and logs etc.
All year round.
Quite common and widespread in Britain, although poorly recorded.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
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