Entomobryidae - Entomobryoides guthriei
Size: Not measured
Group Guild Status
Eutroglophile Fungivore Common
This species is the most common springtail in the cave and is found in damp to wet situations such as on decaying wood and on dead animals. E. guthriei is a common and widespread species in western North America, with a few disjunct records from South Dakota, Iowa, and Louisiana (Christiansen and Bellinger 1998). The species is also previously recorded from caves (Cokendolpher and Polyak 1996). We suspect that this is the entomobryid referred to in the initial study. The initial study stated that collembola were generally uncommon in the cave. Currently the population of E. guthriei in the cave is more robust and more widely distributed. The increase in this species in the cave may be attributable to the introduced lampenflora in the tour areas of the cave.
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