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Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Diptera
Suborder Cyclorrhaphous-Brachycera
Family Scatophagidae
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Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Posterior spiracular openings radiating from ecdysial scar at distinctly less than right angles, or irregularly arranged
  • Prothoracic spiracle a sievelike plate, or with many papillae arranged in a two-horned fan
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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