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A brown jumping bristletail (order: Archaeognatha) with an elongated body bent into an arch shape and three long tail-like structures, of which the median filament is longest. They belong to the most primitive known insect order and one of the most poorly studied as well.


Subtropical seasonally wet lowland grassland. This individual was spotted on the wall outside of a house in the middle of nowhere.

1 species ID suggestions

Hema 5 years ago
Jumping Bristle tail


Flavio Oliveira
Flavio Oliveira 5 years ago

Ah, I've been wondering why the chat went down. Thanks for showing me that group, I just joined it :D

Interesting spotting Flávio,i think you are rigth,people tend to look more to "easy" and eye cache organisms,however most of the times,these littles unknowed organisms are the base for the other bio diversity,keep the good work,it's important to have someone that studie those to,congrats and thanks for sharing.
Chats are down due to a tecnical problem,do you have FB? if you want i can invite you to the it's a PN page ,and like that you will have allways news :-)

Flavio Oliveira
Flavio Oliveira 5 years ago

Interesting... apparently there are only six spottings so far of the order Archaeognatha on Project Noah. People probably dismiss them because they are relatively unknown and look "boring".

Hema 5 years ago

Hi Flavio,
I had spotted one on Mt Diablo. that was the 1st on Pn and you have another one!! So now we have two! i have left mine at the family level too.

Flavio Oliveira
Flavio Oliveira 5 years ago

Thanks for the suggestion Hema, but I had already mentioned in the description that this an archaeognath. What I don't know know is the species, or even the family for that matter.


Lat: 38.11, Long: -8.57

Spotted on Apr 24, 2012
Submitted on Feb 10, 2014

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