Downstream Debbie Curtis Spring 2016

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Order: Collembola

Location: Downstream site [Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W]

Date: February 6, 2016

Collector: Debbie Curtis

H':0.8836

Order Characteristics: Minute: Less than or equal to 6mm; Body: elongate or oval; Wings: absent; Abdomen: 6 or fewer segments, with tube-like structure (collophore) on center of first abdominal sternum (1) and usually with forked structure (furcula) on 4th or 5th abdominal sterna(2); Antennae; usually short 4-6 segments(3); usually found in soil or leaf litter

Ecological Importance: Decomposers whom break down and recycle organic wastes, and some species feed on plants and can be pests.

Economical Importance: Importance for developing and maintaining soil, and some are considered pests.


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Order: : Arachnida

Location: Downstream [Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W]

Date: February 6, 2016

Collector:Debbie Curtis

H': 0.8836

Order Characteristics: some structures as long as 5 cm

Ecological Importance: Insects and other arthropods are the primary food source for many other creatures, including some human populations. Many fish and bird species feed heavily -- or even solely -- on insect and arthropod diets.

Economical Importance: Certain spiders can cause human death or paralysis.


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Order: Collembola

Location: Downstream site [Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W]

Date: February 6, 2016

H':0.8836

Collector: Debbie Curtis

Order Characteristics: Minute: Less than or equal to 6mm; Body: elongate or oval; Wings: absent; Abdomen: 6 or fewer segments, with tube-like structure (collophore) on center of first abdominal sternum (1) and usually with forked structure (furcula) on 4th or 5th abdominal sterna(2); Antennae; usually short 4-6 segments(3); usually found in soil or leaf litter

Ecological Importance: Decomposers whom break down and recycle organic wastes, and some species feed on plants and can be pests.

Economical Importance: Importance for developing and maintaining soil, and some are considered pests.


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Order: Chilopoda

Location: Downstream site [Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W]

Date: February 6, 2016

Collector: Debbie Curtis

H':0.8836

Order Characteristics: Centipedes always have an odd number of pairs of legs. Therefore, no centipede has exactly 100 legs. A key trait uniting this group is a pair of venom claws or forcipules formed from a modified first appendage.

Ecological Importance:Many larger animals prey upon centipedes, such as mongooses, mice, salamanders, beetles and snakes.[4]:354–356 They form an important item of diet for many species and the staple diet of some such as the African ant Amblyopone pluto, which feeds solely on geophilomorph centipedes and the South African Cape black-headed snake Aparallactus capensis

Economical Importance: Centipedes are predominantly generalist predators, which means they have adapted to eat a variety of different available prey.

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Order: Collembola

Location: Downstream site [Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W]

Date: February 6, 2016

Collector: Debbie Curtis

H':0.8836

Order Characteristics: Minute: Less than or equal to 6mm; Body: elongate or oval; Wings: absent; Abdomen: 6 or fewer segments, with tube-like structure (collophore) on center of first abdominal sternum (1) and usually with forked structure (furcula) on 4th or 5th abdominal sterna(2); Antennae; usually short 4-6 segments(3); usually found in soil or leaf litter

Ecological Importance: Decomposers whom break down and recycle organic wastes, and some species feed on plants and can be pests.

Economical Importance: Importance for developing and maintaining soil, and some are considered pests.

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