Hypogastrura

    Description

    Hypogastrura spp. are small dark coloured springtails. Nine UK species have been identified (some represented only by a single historic specimen) but differentiating them is extremely difficult and requires chaetotaxy - counting the number of clavate tenant setae on the tibiotarsi. Unless evidence confirming the species is presented these should be recorded as Hypogastrura spp. 

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless microscopic evidence (chaetotaxy) confirming the species is presented these should be recorded as Hypogastrura spp. 

    Habitat

    Occurs in sites rich in organic matter including sewage sludge, rotting leaf litter, compost and other similar situations.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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

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