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Marine chironomid larva
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Posted on 17-01-2022 08:10

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Getting an ID in chironomid larvae is usually impossible but I suppose not many species are fully marine.
This one was found in the water of intertidal marine pond in Lanzarote island, Canary Islands, 15th December 2007. ┬┐Any idea? Thanks!
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Posted on 17-01-2022 15:40
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Lools very much like the larvae of Telmatogeton japonicus
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Posted on 18-01-2022 08:11

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That's amazing, I never imagined I could put a name to this image! Infinite million thanks!!!! GrinGrin I see that is a Japanese species introduced in Europe and North America, do you know if it's recorded already for Canary Islands? That would make more reliable the ID!

P. D. Can I know your name and surname? For put you as the identifier in the photo Smile

Many many thanks!
Edited by Isidro on 18-01-2022 08:12
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Posted on 19-01-2022 09:33
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Dear Isidro
As far as I can tell this species has not been recorded from the Canary Isl. before in a paper. Also fauna Europea says it is absent. However, There may be some other species within the subfamily Telmatogetoniae involved here, which I didn't check and which I don't know It looks similar to the larvae we have here in The Netherlands and identified as T. japonicus, the most widespread species of the genus.
All the best from Amsterdam
Ton van Haaren
aka Atylotus
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Posted on 19-01-2022 22:57

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Million thanks for the comprehensive explanation! For sure it must be at least in the same subfamily Smile
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