Mesentotoma dollfusi

During a recent beach strandline survey at Ringstead bay Dorset , some tiny Springtails were discovered in the pitfall traps .

They were sent to Dr Peter Shaw, who identified them as the scarce coastal Springtail Mesentotoma dollfusi , a new species record for the county of Dorset .

I have now found them at two other Dorset sites , Chesil beach , while surveying for Scaly Crickets , and now Peveril point Swanage , under stones .

Exciting to know that Dorset has a thriving population of this rare animal .