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Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Diptera
Suborder Cyclorrhaphous-Brachycera
Family Canaceidae
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Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Prothoracic spiracles with stigmatal openings on branching papillae or, if sessile, arranged along apical half of a long spiracular stalk
  • Cephalopharyngeal skeleton with well-developed mouth hooks
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Merritt, R W., K W. Cummins, and M B. Berg. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Company, 2008