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Genus Thalassosmittia

Intertidal Fly - Thalassosmittia - male Intertidal Fly - Thalassosmittia Intertidal Midge - Thalassosmittia - male Intertidal Midge - Thalassosmittia - male Thalassosmittia? - Thalassosmittia - male Thalassosmittia? - Thalassosmittia - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Culicomorpha (Mosquitoes and Midges)
Family Chironomidae (Midges)
Subfamily Orthocladiinae
Genus Thalassosmittia
Explanation of Names
Thalasso- from a Greek word for sea, and Smittia after the name of a genus of Orthocladiinae.
Identification
Other West Coast intertidal midges have greater anatomical reduction: smaller wings or smaller male antennae.
Remarks
This genus of intertidal zone midges contains three species from northwestern North America and two Old World species. American species were formerly placed in Saunderia based on reduced antennae, a character no longer considered of generic significance.
Print References
Morley, Richard L. and Richard A. Ring. 1972. The intertidal Chironomidae (Diptera) of British Columbia I: Keys to their life stages. Canadian Entomologist 104:1093-1098
Morley, Richard L. and Richard A. Ring. 1972. The intertidal Chironomidae (Diptera) of British Columbia II: Life history and population dynamics. Canadian Entomologist 104:1099-1121