Paratanytarsus laetipes

Author: (Zetterstedt, 1850)

Diagnosis (n=2)
Exuviae 3.2, 3.8mm long.
Cephalothorax: Thoracic horn absent?
Abdomen: Point/spine patches of tergite III broad, situated at the level of the posterior dorsal setae. Antero-median point patches of tergites VI and VII nearly as well-developed as those on IV and V, patches single and nearly circular (132g.jpg). Antero-median point patch of tergite IV composed of points only. Comb of segment VIII 12, 15µm wide; with 1-6 marginal teeth.
Anal segment: Fringe of anal lobe with 20-30 taeniae (31-38, Reiss and Säwedal, 1981a).
(Linked adult male: Langton and Pinder, 2003a)

Species keys out at Page 394: Tanytarsini 37 Paratanytarsus of the Text Key.

Widespread in Europe.
(For more information see module IdentifyIt – file: Chironominae).

Ecological notes
Ditches, ponds and the littoral zone of lakes; freshwater and brackish environments.