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Orfinger AB, De Jong GD. 2021. The first record of the jumping bristletail Pedetontus gershneri Allen, 1995 (Microcoryphia: Machilidae) from Alabama, USA significantly extends its known range. Insecta Mundi 0894: 1–4.


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The jumping bristletail Pedetontus gershneri Allen, 1995 (Microcoryphia: Machilidae) is reported from the state of Alabama, USA, for the first time, extending its known range east-southeast by roughly 588 km. The first partial mtDNA barcode was generated for the species. Notes on color variation and sampling needs of Microcoryphia are briefly discussed.

The Microcoryphia (=Archaeognatha, or jumping bristletails) are a small order of insects with about 500 nominal species worldwide (Mendes 1990). The North American fauna includes 30 named species (De Jong 2020), with additional species expected to be discovered and described (Bowser 2019). Numerous records of species in the southeastern United States were recently published (De Jong 2020), including Pedetontus gershneri Allen 1995, presently known only from its type locality on Magazine Mountain, Arkansas (Allen 1995). Here we report a new distribution record for this species from northern Alabama. In addition, we briefly discuss color variation in the species and provide the first partial DNA barcode for this little-known jumping bristletail species.