from The Century Dictionary.
- An order of apterous ametabolous insects, containing the lowest or most generalized types of the true insects.
- A suborder of the order Thysanura: restricted to the springtails proper, the Poduridæ and Sminthuridæ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun plural (Zoöl.) The division of Thysanura which includes Podura, and allied forms.
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- proper noun A taxonomic
classwithin the subphylum Hexapoda— the springtails.
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- noun minute wingless arthropods: springtails
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We must, indeed, in my opinion, separate them entirely from one another; and I would venture to propose for the group comprised in the old genus Podura, the term Collembola, as indicating the existence of a projection, or mammilla, enabling the creature to attach or glue itself to the body on which it stands. "
For small mobile animals (e.g., wingless soil invertebrates such as Collembola and mites), habitat selection on a very small spatial scale (microhabitat selection) enables individuals to find spatial refuges with temperature and moisture regimes adequate for survival .
Soil invertebrates such as Collembola  sometimes exhibit large interannual fluctuations in population density.
- Snow fleas are not really fleas, but belong to a group of primitive organisms called springtails (Collembola).
Ice-crust formation during the winter may increase winter mortality by 50% in Collembola .
Species with rapid life cycles (aphids and Collembola) responded demographically more quickly than species (e.g., mites) with slow life cycles .
Springtails (Collembola) of Eurasian polar deserts.
Spatial and temporal variation in patch occupancy and population density in a model system of an arctic Collembola species assemblage.
The abundance of Collembola declined at barren sites where higher temperatures also caused drought and mortality due to desiccation, whereas the abundance of Collembola increased at moister sites.
Mites are more resistant than Collembola to summer desiccation  and to anoxic conditions in winter due to ice-crust formation following episodes of mild weather .