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

TitleDiscovery of the flightless marine midge Pontomyia (Diptera: Chironomidae) at Christmas Island, Australia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCheng L.N, Huang DW
JournalRaffles Bulletin of Zoology
Pagination93-96
Date Published2014/12
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0217-2445
Accession NumberWOS:000348843500013
KeywordsChironominae; 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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