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New Zealand's giant Collembola: new information on distribution and morphology for Holacanthella Börner, 1906 (Neanuridae: Uchidanurinae)

Stevens, Mark I; Winter, David J; Morris, Rod; McCartney, Jay; Greenslade, Penelope

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The new Zealand collembolan fauna currently includes five described species of the striking endemic genus Holacanthella (springtails). Holacanthella species are saproxylic decomposers of cool temperate forest ecosystems, and they contribute to nutrient cycling of coarse woody debris. All species of the genus have the dorsal and lateral surfaces furnished with conspicuous red, orange, yellow or white digitations. They are among the largest Collembola known, with some individuals reaching 17 mm...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/35982
Source: New Zealand Journal of Zoology

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