A generic guide to the larvae of the Nearctic Tanytarsini, (Chironomidae:diptera)

Open-File Report 82-768
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Larvae of the tribe Tanytarsini occur in nearly every aquatic habitat in North America where they act as primary consumers in the food chain. This new taxonomic guide overcomes some deficiencies in existing keys to this tribe and the reviewed and updated taxonomy enables identification of the larvae that may be useful as ecological indicators. Over 2,000 specimens from 26 states were examined, identified and measured in this study. The following genera were included: Stempellinell, Zavrelia, Stempellina, Constempellina, Corynocera, Cladotanytarsus,.. Paratanytarsus, Rheotanytarsus,. Micropsectra, Lauterbornia, Nimbocera, Tanytarsus and Neozavrelia. Photographs illustrate mature larvae of these genera with the exception of Zavrelia and Neozavrelia which are not known to exist in North America. The morphological data, Which are summarized in a table of distinctive characteristics and the dichotomous key, enable identification to genus. Notes on range, habitat and food preference are included, and species identifications are presented where applicable.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title A generic guide to the larvae of the Nearctic Tanytarsini, (Chironomidae:diptera)
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 82-768
DOI 10.3133/ofr82768
Edition -
Year Published 1982
Language ENGLISH
Description vi, 47 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.