Discovery of the flightless marine midge Pontomyia (Diptera: Chironomidae) at Christmas Island, Australia

Citation:
Cheng, LN, Huang DW.  2014.  Discovery of the flightless marine midge Pontomyia (Diptera: Chironomidae) at Christmas Island, Australia. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. :93-96.

Date Published:

2014/12

Keywords:

Chironominae, Christmas Island, Diptera, emergence, insect, marine midge, pool, sea, Tanytarsini, Tide

Abstract:

We document the discovery of a unique flightless marine midge Pontomyia (Chironomidae) in the Indian Ocean, presenting descriptions and photographs of the insect and its environment at Christmas Island, Australia. The insect is identified as P. natans, with distinctive male genitalia and rudimentary claws on the hind legs. This species is widely distributed in the Pacific Ocean but the only previous record from the Indian Ocean was from the Maldives. It is highly likely that other populations are present along the continental coast of the latter ocean basin.

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