Vertagopus arboreus

Description

The diagnostic features of this isotomid are short dense setal cover, a bluish iridisation and pale legs. Juvenile stages are violet in colour. 

Similar Species

Vertagopus cinereus has darker legs and lacks the blue iridescence. 

Identification difficulty
Habitat

On tree trunks, under dead bark and on bare wood. It is often found on fences near cracks in the wood where it seeks cover if disturbed.

UK Status

Common and widespread.

VC55 Status

Not known.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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