Species of the Month

Class Pauropoda

These tiny myriapods (to 1.5 mm long) may look like a springtail (Collembola), but have 9-11 pairs of legs (springtails have just 3 pairs). Most are whitish and elongated (e.g. Pauropus huxleyi), but one species (Trachypauropus britannicus) is orangeish and more stout. Few active field recorders have ever (knowingly) seen a pauropod, but they can be numerous if specialised collecting techniques are used. As a group they are readily recognised by their characteristic biramous (forked) antennae.

Read more about Pauropoda here.         

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