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Proturan (Acerentomon sp.)


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


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



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The microscopic Proturans are 6-legged creatures that live in soil. They are so small that they are shorter than this typed-out exclamation mark!
Hundreds of them can live in as little as one cup of good earth sampled from woods, healthy crop fields, and in backyards. They are virtually blind and sense their surroundings by touch and taste. Proturans 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 at a time as they mature. As you can imagine, photos of them are hard to come by. They require intense magnification (via microscope) in order to see any detail in their physiology.




Known Diet of the Proturan



moss, decaying leaves and wood


General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Subphylum Hexapoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Protura
        Family: Acerentomidae
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          Genus: Acerentomon
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            Species: sp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Acerentomon sp.
Category: Proturan
Size (Adult; Length): 1mm to 2mm (0.03" to 0.07")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: yellow, brown, red
Descriptors: microscopic, segmented
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 1mm and 2mm
Lo: 1mm
Md: 1.5mm
Hi: 2mm
Territorial Map*
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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Alaska  
Hawaii  
Prince Edward Is.  
* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Proturan may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Proturan. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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