Preliminary checklist of springtails (Arthropoda: Collembola) of Uttar Pradesh, India

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Ramesh Singh Yadav


Collembola, the fauna of a hidden habitat, are symbols of soil health. A survey of Collembolan fauna in different habitats in different regions of Uttar Pradesh was carried out from 2008 to 2010.  Thirty-seven species were captured belonging to 27 genera from eight subfamilies of eight different families.  Thirteen species are first reports from India and from Uttar Pradesh.  The subfamily Entomobryinae (27.03%) was dominant whereas the subfamily Isotminae had maximum diversity.

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Ramesh Singh Yadav, Department of Entomology & Agricultural Zoology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

Former Research Scholar, Department of Entomology & Agricultural Zoology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India


*Present Address: Assistant Teacher, Government School Dehariya, Zamania, Ghazipur, Uttar-Pradesh, India 232331


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