Invertebrate animals

Macrofauna or Macroinvertebrates

These are mainly earthworms and hard-bodied arthropods such as insects, millipedes, centipedes and arachnids. You don't need a microscope to see these animals...

Isopods Mole cricket
Scorpions Earwigs
Spiders Fly larvae
Centipedes Termites
Millipedes Cockroaches
Ants Antlions
Earthworms Snails & slugs


Small soil invertebrates. These are animals that are about 1-3 mm long. Springtails, mites, nematode worms and pseudoscorpions. You need a low powered stereo-microscope to see these animals properly.

Springtails Nematodes
Mites Pseudoscorpions


Very small soil invertebrates. These are the single-celled animals, the Protozoa. You need a compound microscope to see these animals clearly.