Dicyrtoma fusca

Description

Size 1.5 to 2 mm. This small globular springtail varies considerably in colour from a dark maroon red to a paler yellow form, the mottled patterning also varies. These are forms known as Dicyrtoma fusca var.1. There is also a much rarer melanistic dark (almost black) form, Dicyrtoma fusca var.2 and a leucistic form with dark ocelli on a pale eyepatch, Dicyrtoma fusca var. rufescens. 

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Lives in damp places such as the moss on trees and in leaf litter.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Feeds on mould and fungi.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in England and Scotland but little recorded in Wales.

VC55 Status

Thought to be fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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