E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia

Onychiurus cocklei (Folsom, 1908)
Golden Snowflea
Family: Onychiuridae
Photo of species

© Bryan Kelly-McArthur  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #118246)

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Distribution of Onychiurus cocklei in British Columbia
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The Golden Snowflea, Onychiurus cocklei (Folsom), "is the most famous B.C. springtail -- otherwise known as the Golden Snowflea, it swarms on the snow in masses of yellow. It was first collected by J.W. Cockle of Kaslo, B.C., a hotelier and dynamic amateur entomologist who flourished in the late 1800s and early 1900s." (Cannings and Scudder 2005).

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Aphorura lutea Bacon, 1913
Aphorura montis Bacon, 1913
Hymenaphoruna cocklei
Onychiurus montia (Bacon, 1913)

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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-02-22 6:52:10 PM]
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