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Colonization of Hypogastrura manubrialis Tullberg (Collembola: Poduridae), with notes on the biology

To overcome these problems, investigation of the colonization of a Collembolan species on a strictly artificial habitat for an extended period was undertaken stressing methods which allowed ease of maintenance awri observation, whereby notes on the biology could be made as the colonization progressed. Particular attention was given to those aspects of the biology that would aid in evaluating the success or failure of a colony. Hyppga strura manubrialis, because of its ready availability, was chosen for the study. Information concerning the biology of H- manubrialis was obtained on the number of eggs laid, egg fertility of the natural population, incubation period of the eggs, reproductive potential, life expectancy under starvation and general notes.

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