Glyptotendipes signatus

Author: (Kieffer, 1909)

Exuviae 5.0-7.1mm long (m=5.8mm, n=7) (094-2.jpg).
Cephalothorax: Cephalic tubercles 58, 75µm long (n=2); frontal setae 39-58 (n=3) (094f.jpg). Thorax with extensive small granulation.
Abdomen: Tergites III-V with armament continuous posteriorly (094g.jpg). Epaulettes foot-print shaped, with short, usually broad anterior limb; restricted to tergites III-VI; with 7-11, 7-10, 5-10, 5-9 marginal points (n=7); EpR III-VI 1.0 : 1.0-1.3 : 1.1-1.3 : 0.9-1.3 (n=8) (094h.jpg). Comb of segment VIII of 4-18 colourless, elongate, basally curved spines (m=9.7, n=8). Lateral taeniae of segments V-VIII: 4,4,4,5.
Anal segment: Fringe of anal lobe with 67-92 taeniae (m=77, n=8) (094i.jpg).
(Linked adult male: Langton and Pinder, 2003a)

Species keys out at Page 113: Chironomini 10 Glyptotendipes of the Text Key.

Palaearctic species: NW Europe.
(For more information see module IdentifyIt – file: Chironominae).

Ecological notes
Canals, Fens and Broads. Larvae feed on Plumatella on Nymphaea leaves.