Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chironomus decorus Johannsen 1905
Well over ten species, most unnamed
Among the Chironomus midges with banded abdomens, the C. decorus group is recognized by the darkened wing membrane around veins R-M, Cu2 and 2A, as well as by the male genitals.
Water, as for the family; more tolerant of brackish water than most.
"Often found in lotic situations as well as lentic habitats and usually indicative of low water quality."(1)
This group of species belongs to subgenus Chironomus; due to limitations of BugGuide software it has not been moved there yet.