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A revised annotated checklist of the Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) of the southeastern United States

January 1, 1997

A revised annotated checklist for the chironomid midges (Diptera: Chironomidae) of the southeastern United States is presented that includes the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Much of the information concerns occurrence and habitat preference records based upon the authors' data, as well as published and unpublished data. Some information is also presented that includes aspects of biology, habitat preference, bibliographic sources, and nomenclatorial changes. Based upon the present work, the chironomid fauna of the southeastern states is comprised of 189 genera (172 described, 17 informally or unofficially described) and 754 species (505 described, 17 informally or unofficially described, 33 that are assumed for generic or subgeneric presence only, 197 estimated species, and 2 species groups). Several new species synonyms and generic placements are recognized. Thirty-eight genera known from the Nearctic region remain unknown from the southeastern states. Diversity of species was greatest in the subfamily Chironominae, considering named as well as unnamed and estimated species. There were no significant changes in overall regional distribution patterns of subfamilies or habitat preferences form that which has been previously reported. The greatest totals for regional records, habitat types, and state occurrences were the Coastal Plain (378), streams (271), and North Carolina (373), respectively.

Publication Year 1997
Title A revised annotated checklist of the Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) of the southeastern United States
Authors Broughton A. Caldwell, Patrick L. Hudson, David R. Lenat, David Smith
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Transactions of the American Entomological Society
Index ID 1000641
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Great Lakes Science Center