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Machilis germanica vs Trigoniophthalmus alternatus Two species of Microcoryphia (formerly known as Archaeognatha) present at the same site. The slightly larger Machilis germanica to the left, the smaller Trigoniophthalmus alternatus to the right. Find the individual species through these images:<br />
Machilis germanica:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/46745/machilis_germanica_striped_form.html" title="Machilis germanica striped form"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/46745_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1658361610&Signature=imR2Nj9wASVh1TFr77i8M6hE23Q%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Machilis germanica striped form The Jumping Bristletail species Machilis germanica has two distinct colour forms, one with a wide dorsal band, the other more uniformly mottled. The eyes are mottled too and the ocelli below the eyes are red and shoe sole shaped. Geotagged,Jumping Bristletail,Machilidae,Machilis,Machilis germanica,Microcoryphia,Netherlands" /></a></figure><br />
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Trigoniophthalmus alternatus:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/46752/trigoniophthalmus_alternatus_duo.html" title="Trigoniophthalmus alternatus duo"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/46752_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1658361610&Signature=mpCapLYUFuGKfXStp6m9SrF%2FOsE%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Trigoniophthalmus alternatus duo Slightly smaller than Machilis germanica and fairly uniform in the colour pattern of the scales. Eyes are evenly brownnish and the triagngular black ocelli are placed under the central corners of the eye (on the &quot;nose&quot;).<br />
The greyish specimen on the lower left of this image is getting ready to moult. Microcoryphia keep on moulting and growing as long as they live, also after reaching adulthood, which is quite unusual in &quot;Insects&quot; (there is some discussion if these should be classified as such).   Geotagged,Jumping Bristletail,Machilidae,Microcoryphia,Netherlands,Trigoniophthalmus,Trigoniophthalmus alternatus" /></a></figure> Geotagged,Jumping Bristletail,Machilidae,Machilis,Machilis germanica,Microcoryphia,Netherlands,Trigoniophthalmus,Trigoniophthalmus alternatus Click/tap to enlarge

Machilis germanica vs Trigoniophthalmus alternatus

Two species of Microcoryphia (formerly known as Archaeognatha) present at the same site. The slightly larger Machilis germanica to the left, the smaller Trigoniophthalmus alternatus to the right. Find the individual species through these images:
Machilis germanica:

Machilis germanica striped form The Jumping Bristletail species Machilis germanica has two distinct colour forms, one with a wide dorsal band, the other more uniformly mottled. The eyes are mottled too and the ocelli below the eyes are red and shoe sole shaped. Geotagged,Jumping Bristletail,Machilidae,Machilis,Machilis germanica,Microcoryphia,Netherlands


Trigoniophthalmus alternatus:
Trigoniophthalmus alternatus duo Slightly smaller than Machilis germanica and fairly uniform in the colour pattern of the scales. Eyes are evenly brownnish and the triagngular black ocelli are placed under the central corners of the eye (on the "nose").<br />
The greyish specimen on the lower left of this image is getting ready to moult. Microcoryphia keep on moulting and growing as long as they live, also after reaching adulthood, which is quite unusual in "Insects" (there is some discussion if these should be classified as such).   Geotagged,Jumping Bristletail,Machilidae,Microcoryphia,Netherlands,Trigoniophthalmus,Trigoniophthalmus alternatus

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Machilis germanica is a jumping bristletail in the Machilidae family.

Similar species: Jumping Bristletails
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Nov 23, 2016. Captured in Ooijse Bandijk 5-9, 6576 JC Ooij, Netherlands.