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Giant springtail larva

Acanthanura spp.

Description:

Approx. 10mm long. grey with rubbery orange spines.
They move slowly but persistently.

Habitat:

Exploring the bark of a huge rainforest eucalyptus in a local national park.

Notes:

A recently studied group. Acanthanura larvae are very large and often spectacular. They feed on fungi and slime-molds. These are mostly endemic to Australia and New Zealand.
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...
Acanthanura "henderickxi" is a possibility..
https://www.researchgate.net/figure/2673...

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7 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago

Cool find! Belated congrats, Mark.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 2 years ago

Mark...I am a little late in catching up with Noah postings. You nailed the SOTD with this one. Well done!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Congratulations ! A lovely shot of this little "jube" creature.

remkinloch
remkinloch 2 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD. It is such a cool little creature, amazing what forms mother nature can pack into something so small!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Oh wow that's great. Thanks Daniele.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Mark, this giant of a springtail is our Spotting of the Day:

"Does it make you think of a mini-hedgehog? This Giant Springtail larva (Acanthanura sp.) is our Spotting of the Day! Springtails (Collembola) are small organisms that live in moist environments and are normally less than 6 mm long. The genus Acanthanura, however, has species that can grown to over 10mm".

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Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Wow, it definitely has earned the name "giant"!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 24, 2017
Submitted on Sep 14, 2017

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