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Primitive Orthocladiinae

midge - Diplocladius cultriger - male midge - Diplocladius cultriger - male Xylotopus par - female Midge - Diplocladius cultriger - male Tipula Perhaps - Xylotopus par - female Diplocladius cultriger - Diplocladius Pale midge - Xylotopus par Unidentified bug - Xylotopus par - female
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 Orthocladiinae
No Taxon Primitive Orthocladiinae
Several genera are considered to be primitive (i.e. more similar to the common ancestor of Orthocladiinae). They often have a forked gonostylus, long dorsal eye extension, or vein R-M long and nearly parallel to R5 (Brillia group).