A new species of Smicridea McLachlan (Trichoptera:Hydropsychidae) from Venezuela and its role in travertine biogenesis

Henrique Paprocki, Ralph W. Holzenthal, Claudia Cressa

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

16 Scopus citations

Abstract

We collected an undescribed hydropsychid caddisfly, Smicridea (Smicridea) travertinera, n. sp., from 2 sites in Venezuela. One of the sites, Quebrada El Charo, flowed over extensive calcareous formations of travertine, which were covered with retreats and capture nets of the new species. Smicridea travertinera was the most abundant aquatic insect colonizing travertine. We describe the adult male, the retreat and net, and gut contents. The retreat consisted of an aperture in the travertine with a capture net. Retreat-making behavior appears to cause both the biogenesis and erosion of the travertine formations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-409
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the North American Benthological Society
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2003

Keywords

  • Biogenesis
  • Gut contents
  • Hydropsychidae
  • Retreat-making behavior
  • Smicridea
  • Systematics
  • Taxonomy
  • Travertine
  • Trichoptera
  • Venezuela

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'A new species of Smicridea McLachlan (Trichoptera:Hydropsychidae) from Venezuela and its role in travertine biogenesis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this