A survey of neotropical chironomidae (Diptera) on San Salvador Island, Bahamas

Alyssa Anderson, Petra Kranzfelder, Alexander Egan, Leonard C. Ferrington

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Chironomidae (Diptera) are among the most diverse and widespread aquatic insects, with approximately 5,500 species described. However, prior to the present work, only 4 species of Chironomidae were reported from the Bahamas. The goal of our study was to provide basic species data on the Chironomidae of San Salvador Island. In March of 2012, a variety of aquatic habitats representing fresh to saline waters were sampled for chironomid larvae and pupal exuviae. Twelve species were found: Chironomus Meigen (3 morphospecies), Dicrotendipes sp. A sensu Epler, Polypedilum (Tripodura) scalaenum group (1 morphospecies), Goeldichironomus fluctuans Reiss, Tanytarsus mendax Kieffer, Tanytarsus cf. confusus Malloch, Ablabesmyia (Sartaia) metica Roback, Labrundinia maculata Roback, Paramerina anomala Beck & Beck, and Djalmabatista pulchra (Johannsen). All of these are new records for the Bahamas, with Tanytarsus mendax and Paramerina anomala new for the Neotropical region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-308
Number of pages5
JournalFlorida Entomologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • Aquatic insects
  • Biogeography
  • Diversity
  • Exuviae
  • Metapopulation
  • Taxonomy


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