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Genus Axarus

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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 Chironominae
Tribe Chironomini
No Taxon (Chironomus group)
Genus Axarus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Originally part of Xenochironomus
Explanation of Names
Axarus Roback, 1980
About five named species north of Mexico, but undescribed species are known to exist.
Green with tan markings, like many midges. Females have a distinctive black longitudinal stripe on the front of the thorax. Males have transverse brown marks on the abdomen but reliable ID requires very close examination, mostly of genital features.
Of Neotropical origin, found in most of Nearctic
Larvae found in clay or mud bottoms of lakes and slow moving rivers.