Glyptotendipes paripes

Author: (Edwards, 1929)

Exuviae 8.5-13.2mm long (m=10.9mm, n=110) (096-1.jpg).
Cephalothorax: Cephalic tubercles broad conical (150a.jpg) with short apical seta (096b.jpg). Thoracic horn much branched. Posterior thoracic mound weak, rounded (150b.jpg).
Abdomen: Tergite armament not restricted to posterior mounds. Pedes spurii B II well-developed. Epaulettes racket-shaped, present on tergites II-VI; dorsal points of epaulettes restricted to the expanded apex (096c.jpg); EpR II-VI 1.0 : 0.9-1.37 : 0.96-1.56 : 1.23-1.85 : 1.29-2.03 (m=1.0 : 1.08 : 1.27 : 1.50 : 1.71, n=114) (096-1.jpg). Comb of segment VIII with 0-5 very small teeth. Lateral taeniae of segments V-VIII: 3(2,4),3(2,4),4(3),5(4).
Anal segment: Fringe of anal lobe with 138-243 taeniae (m=156, n=28) (096d.jpg).
(Linked adult male: Langton and Pinder, 2003a)

Species keys out at Page 119: Chironomini 16 Glyptotendipes of the Text Key.

Holarctic species: widespread in Europe.
(For more information see module IdentifyIt – file: Chironominae).

Ecological notes
Stagnant water generally in lowland regions; peat pools in montane and northern districts.
In the Netherlands the larvae inhabit sediments and occasionally plants, especially abundant in acidic waters and also common under eutrophic conditions (Moller Pillot et al., 1995a)