(182 ENalb) Entomobrya albocincta (Templeton, 1835)

*cincta (Lubbock, 1862)

Entomobrya albocincta is widespread and very common. It is most frequently found under bark but is present in many other sites, and should be expected (in small numbers along with other Entomobryas, Orchesella cincta and a few other springtails) in knock-down collections of canopy arthropods from most UK woodlands. The body pattern is highly distinctive and it is one of the few species of Collembola which can be identified unequivocally with a hand lens.
The specimens in the photographs (Figs. 1 and 2) are from a garden in Reading and are 1.5 mm in length. The length ranges up to 2.2 mm.

 

 

 

Distribution map of Entomobrya albocincta (182 ENalb), last updated 2012.

 

Fig. 1: Live specimen of Entomobrya albocincta (1.5 mm in length) from a garden in Reading.

Fig. 2: Live specimen of Entomobrya albocincta (1.5 mm in length) from a garden in Reading.

 
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