Dicyrtoma fusca


    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

    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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