Limnophyes inanispatina

Author: Langton and Moubayed, 2001

Exuviae 2.5-3.0mm long (n=3), transparent.
Cephalothorax: Frontal setae 40, 45µm long (n=2). Precorneal setae about 40µm long (n=1). Dorsocentral setae 25-40µm long (n=2), setae 1 and 2 8-10µm apart, 3 and 4 28-35µm apart. Thoracic horn reduced to a small tubercle.
Abdomen: Tergites II-VIII covered with spinous points rapidly elongating at the posterior margin to spines. Posterior long spines IV 52, 57; VI 39, 40 (n=2). Longest spine IV 48-54µm long; VI 46-56µm long (n=3). Paratergites armed with very small points, most much smaller than the points of the conjunctives II-VI. Sternites V-VI with an extensive patch of spinules, reduced on III, IV, VII. Segment VIII with 4 lateral setae, setae 1-4: 80, 82; 46, 48; 70, 84; 80, 84µm long (n=2).
Anal segment: Points on tergite IX much weaker than those on VIII. Anal lobes 200-220µm long (n=3), without fringe. Anal macrosetae 150-160µm long (n=3).

Note: May be distinguished from Limnophyes punctipennis and Limnophyes natalensis by the paratergite armament: in inanispatina the points are much smaller than the points of the conjunctives, whereas in the other two species most of the points are similar in size to those of the conjunctives.

Species keys out at Page 761: Orthocladiinae 173 Limnophyes of the Text Key.

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Ecological notes
Temporary pools, southern France. Larvae collected in February, March in wet, aerated soil, shaded by bushes and intermittently flooded during the early months of the year.