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Species Telmatogeton japonicus

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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 (Midges)
Subfamily Telmatogetoninae
Genus Telmatogeton
Species japonicus (Telmatogeton japonicus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Telmatogeton japonicus Tokunaga, 1933
Wing length about 3 mm
Native to the western Pacific, now widespread. Reached eastern North America and Europe in the mid-20th century.
Hard surfaces along marine shores. Larvae will also attach to buoys and aquatic structures, even in the open ocean. They may have reached the Atlantic by attaching to ship hulls.
Print References
Brodin, Y. and M. H. Andersson. 2009. The marine splash midge Telmatogon japonicus (Diptera; Chironomidae)—extreme and alien? Biological Invasions 11(6):1311-1317. (Abstract via Springer)