Glyptotendipes caulicola

Author: (Kieffer, 1913)

Diagnosis (Material in coll. ZSM)
Exuviae 7.1mm long (n=1).
Cephalothorax: Cephalic tubercles 68, 88µm long (n=2). Thoracic horn much branched.
Abdomen: Length hook row II 0.48x width tergite; hooks 71, 83 (n=2). Anterior transverse point band of tergites III and IV separated from the median point patch (except laterally) by a generally point-free space the width of the anterior band; if this space is armed with points they are distinctly smaller than those of mid-tergite (095b.jpg). Epaulettes oval, elongate-oval or apically narrowed to a blunt point; golden or with brownish base; epaulettes III-VI with 6,4/7,5/6,9/10 marginal teeth; EpR 1.0 : 1.25, 1.47 : 1.25, 2.16 : 1.63, 2.67 (n=2) (094h.jpg , 094j.jpg). Sternites III-V shagreened antero-laterally with fine spinous points distinctly smaller than the dorsal points. Vortex about twice as long as broad, not spreading posteriorly and with a few small points anteriorly. Comb of segment VIII of 2, 3 teeth (n=2).
Anal segment: Fringe of anal lobe with 55-58 taeniae (n=2).

Species keys out at Page 116: Chironomini 13 Glyptotendipes of the Text Key.

Widespread in Europe (not Fennoscandia).
(For more information see module IdentifyIt – file: Chironominae).

Ecological notes
Larvae mine the submerged leaves and petioles of aquatic plants.