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Proturan (Acerentomon sp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Proturan.

 Updated: 1/28/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




Proturans are hexapods that are very rarely seen or looked for, but they are part of the insect food web.



The microscopic Proturans are 6-legged creatures that live in soil. They are shorter than a typed-out exclamation mark! Hundreds of them can live in a cup of good earth in the woods, in crop fields and in backyards. They are virtually blind and sense their surroundings by touch and taste. They scrape off bits of fungi and plant roots into their small mouths. Some species breathe through their exoskeletons, others have a trachea (windpipe). Larvae are even smaller than adults and grow a few segments as they mature.

As you can imagine, photos of them are difficult to take as they require intense magnification (via microscope) in order to see any detail in their physiology.




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Subphylum Hexapoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Protura
        Family: Acerentomidae
          Genus: Acerentomon
            Species: sp.
Identifying Information
Scientific Name: Acerentomon sp.
Category: Proturan
Size (Adult; Length): 1mm to 2mm (0.04in to 0.08in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: yellow, brown, red
Descriptors: microscopic, segmented
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