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Especially common in woodland humus, found to over 10 inches deep in the soil. Densities have been measured at over 90,000 specimens per square meter in a German forest (Krauss and Funke, 1999). May feed on fungi. 4-8 Families (3-5 in North America), 500 Species (20 in North America)

protos - first , oura- tail.

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Comprehensive Description

Characteristics

Derived characteristics:
  • eyeless
  • antennae absent
  • tentorium absent
  • fore legs enlarged, with many sensilla; front legs serve role of antennae
Other characteristics:
  • very small, less than 2 mm long
  • abdomen with 12 segments as adult
  • Mouth parts entognathous
  • cerci absent
  • legs 5-segmented
  • anamorphic development (segments added at moults) vs. epimorphic in all other hexapods

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