(256FOagr) Folsomia agrelli (Gisin 1944)

Folsomia agrelli is a scarce species that has only been found in caves in Britain. It is white with 1+1 ocelli and reaches a maximum length of 1.3 mm. The ratio of the length of the longest setae at the tip of the abdomen/length of mucro is between 2.8 and 3.5. The manubrium has 2+2 apical ventral (anterior) setae arranged longitudinally (Fig. 1) . The dens has 8-9 ventral (anterior) setae and 3 dorsal (posterior) setae. The PAO is narrow and constricted and is slightly longer than the width of ant1 (Fig. 2).
Potapov (2001) says that Folsomia agrelli is species of high mountains in Norway and Sweden. Thus although the specimens of Folsomia 'agrelli' in the NHML collection correspond closely with descriptions of Folsomia agrelli in the literature, it seems possible that they represent another (possibly undescribed?) species.
The confirmed record from northern Scotland is from Inchnadamph Cave. The specimen was mis-identified as Folsomia 'similis'. The other confirmed record is a mature female from Ogof Cynnes in South Wales.

The other 3 UK troglobite Collembola are Oligaphorura schoetti,   Pseudosinella dobati and Disarrhopalites patrizii

 

 

 

Fig. 1: Ventral (anterior) manubrial setae (arrows) of Folsomia agrelli collected from Ogof Cynnes, a cave in Wales in 1968 (d, dens; ma, manubrium).

Fig. 2: Post-antennal organ (PAO) and single ocellus on the side of the head of Folsomia agrelli collected from Inchnadamph Cave in Scotland in 1959.

 
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