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Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Diptera
Suborder Orthorrhaphous-Brachycera
Family Dolichopodidae
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Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Posterior spiracles at base of upper two, of four smooth lobes, on terminal abdominal segment
  • Transverse creeping welts on ventral abdominal segments
  • Metacephalic rods expanded posteriorly (internal feature)
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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