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Unusual larval habitats and life history of chironomid (Diptera) genera

January 1, 1987

Ninety-three genera, representing all subfamilies of Chironomidae, are organized into 9 categories of unusual habitats or life history including hygropetric, riparian (bank, floodplain, upland), hyporheic, symbiotic, and intertidal; others live in water held in plants or mine into unusual substrates. In riparian zones precise location of optimum habitat is difficult to determine as is definition of habitat within the continuum from shoreline to upland areas. The ecological importance of the riparian group appears to lie in its processing of coarse particulate matter along the floodplain of streams and rivers. All riparian genera are zoogeographically useful and can be used in reconstructing evolutionary dispersal pathways because they are adapted to unique habits that have remained largely undisturbed by human activities.

Publication Year 1987
Title Unusual larval habitats and life history of chironomid (Diptera) genera
Authors Patrick L. Hudson
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Entomologica Scandinavica Supplements
Index ID 1000572
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Great Lakes Science Center