Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) from the eastern Canadian Arctic and subarctic with descriptions of new life stages, a possible new genus, and new geographical records

  • A. Namayandeh | namayandeh@gmail.com Environment and Climate Change Canada; Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada.
  • K.S. Heard Environment and Climate Change Canada; Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada.
  • E.A. Luiker Environment and Climate Change Canada; Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada.
  • J.M. Culp Environment and Climate Change Canada; Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick; Canadian Rivers Institute, Fredericton, NB, Canada.

Abstract

Chironomidae larvae constituted the largest proportion of benthic invertebrates collected from 99 rivers stretching from northern Labrador (latitude 58°N) to northern parts of Ellesmere Island (82°N). We describe 92 species of Chironomidae (mainly larval forms) providing new descriptions, a revision for the adult female of Parametriocnemus boreoalpinus Gowin et Thienemann, a possible new genus (larval form only), and 9 larval forms that may represent a new species. In addition, new geographical distribution records are specified for 1 Nearctic species, 6 species in Canada, 10 for Labrador, and 17 for Nunavut. This work contributes to Environment Canada’s International Polar Year output (2007-2009).

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Author Biographies

A. Namayandeh, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
Post-doctorate Fellow
K.S. Heard, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
Taxonomist, Biologist
E.A. Luiker, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
Biologist
J.M. Culp, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick; Canadian Rivers Institute, Fredericton, NB
Director and researcher
Published
2016-08-26
Keywords:
Chironomidae, International Polar Year, Environment Canada, taxonomy, diversity, benthic invertebrates, larva.
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Namayandeh, A., Heard, K., Luiker, E., & Culp, J. (2016). Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) from the eastern Canadian Arctic and subarctic with descriptions of new life stages, a possible new genus, and new geographical records. Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research, 48(2), 53-200. https://doi.org/10.4081/jear.2016.5847