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Species Polypedilum tritum

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 (Polypedilum Group)
Genus Polypedilum
No Taxon (subgenus Pentapedilum)
Species tritum (Polypedilum tritum)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Chironomus tritum Walker 1856
Polypedilum albulum Townes 1945 (a smaller, lighter variant according to Boesel)
Wing length 2.1 mm
Within genus, identified by hairy wings and single row of dorsocentral setae.
"This species breeds in sandy muck bottoms of lakes and of slower streams and rivers." -- Townes 1945