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. “A family of collembolous insects, typified by the genus Sminthurus, having a globular body, four-jointed antennae with a long terminal joint, saltatory appendage composed of a basal part and two arms, and tracheae well developed. They are found commonly among grass and fungi; many species have been described.” —Whitney, 1889

These animals are no longer considered insects. This illustration shows a tiny creature with six legs, two appendages at the back, and two antennae.


William Dwight Whitney, PhD, LLD The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1895) 5716


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