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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map