Hypogastrura manubrialis

Description

Approximately 1mm in length, dark in colour. Each tibiotarsus only has one clavate tenant seta and the empodium of the foot tapers gradually and does not possess a lamella. The mucro is distinctively long and pointed.

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

111 clavate tenant setae, characteristic mucro, claw and empodium. 

Recording advice

Detailed high magnification microscopic examination required to confirm this species. 

Habitat

Most records are from compost and rich organic matter. In VC55 it has been observed grazing on lichens in wet weather. 

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

This is a common and widespread species. 

VC55 Status

Under-reported due to identification difficulties. 

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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