Diversity and potential correlations to the function of Collembola cuticle structures

  title={Diversity and potential correlations to the function of Collembola cuticle structures},
  author={Julia Nickerl and Ralf Helbig and H. J. Schulz and Carsten Werner and Christoph Neinhuis},
Collembola (springtails) are soil arthropods, representing the most widespread hexapod group worldwide. Being skin-breathing animals, Collembola evolved special cuticular patterns, which are robust and antiadhesive allowing cuticular respiration under humid conditions in the soil environment. Details about function and formation of these unique cuticle characters are still unknown. Here we demonstrate that a high diversity of cuticular structures exists and that the different observed… 
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