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Genus Culicoides

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Classification
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 Ceratopogonidae (Biting Midges)
Subfamily Ceratopogoninae
Genus Culicoides
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
member of the tribe Culicoidini (3 genera total, all represented in our area; worldwide, ~1330 spp., all but a few in the Culicoides)(1)
Explanation of Names
Culicoides Borkent, 2014
Numbers
ca. 120 spp. in 12 subgenera in our area(2), 1315 spp. worldwide(1)
Identification
Distinguished from most Ceratopogoninae by petiolate fork of M. Distinguished from Ceratopogonini by form of R cells, female claws (usually larger in Ceratopogonini). Often the genus can be distinguished by wing pattern. Some species have unmarked wings.
Remarks
This is the only genus of the subfamily that bites humans.
Print References
Blanton, Franklin S. and Willis W. Wirth. 1979. The Sand Flies (Culicoides) of Florida (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Online via UFL)
Jamnback, H. 1965. The Culicoides of New York (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). New York State Museum bulletin 399 (online via New York State Museum)
Internet References
Fact sheet[Cite:185010]