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Genus Procladius

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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 (Non-biting Midges)
Subfamily Tanypodinae
Tribe Procladiini
Genus Procladius
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Procladius Skuse 1889
Within subfamily Tanypodinae, Procladius can be identified by the combination of (1) the fork in Cu is well after the M-Cu crossvein, (2) the fourth tarsal segments are cylindrical. P. bellus is usually brightly colored. Other species are brown to black.

"Procladius larvae are distinguished by the rotund head capsule; well developed dorsomental tooth plates; mandible with large blunt basal tooth; black/dark brown five toothed ligula; paraligula with numerous small teeth; antennal blade subequal to the flagellum; and body with well developed lateral setal fringe."(1)
Prefers mud bottoms and so is more often found in ponds, and bogs, and other slow-moving water bodies.