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Species Hexagenia limbata

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Ephemeroptera (Mayflies)
Suborder Furcatergalia
Infraorder Scapphodonta
Superfamily Ephemeroidea
Family Ephemeridae (Common Burrower Mayflies)
Genus Hexagenia
Species limbata (Hexagenia limbata)
Explanation of Names
Hexagenia limbata (Serville 1829)
Identification
"The current concept of limbata encompasses so much variation that one version or another has been or can be mistaken for other species, including some currently valid species. For example, the thing that keeps me from the wholesale recommendation that nearly all of the specimens in BG’s Hexagenia section be moved to limbata (the vast majority probably are that species) is that specimens of rigida are undoubtedly hiding among them. The same may be true of the limbata section. Something similar is probably involved with the three linked BG specimens that I thought were atrocaudata." (Lloyd Gonzales, pers. comm. to =v= 27.vi.10)
Range
most of NA(1) map(2)
Habitat
Larvae are associated with silty, organic, and mucky substrates in streams, rivers, and lakes(3)
Remarks
Most common burrowing mayfly throughout the Midwest(3)
Works Cited
1.Mayfly Central
2.Rohrbeck R. (2004-2014) Flyfishing entomology
3.Mayfly Larvae of Wisconsin
Tom H. Klubertanz. 2016. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.