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Group 3 Keys

This list of keys is simply a suggested list, it is not comprehensive and there may be taxa included in the test material that are not included in the more general keys (e.g., Merritt and Cummins). We expect taxonomists to be aware of recent literature changes and know how to identify the genera even though there may not be any keys. A good taxonomist needs to know how to work in the absence of "keys". While we will attempt to include primary literature it is the candidates responsibility to be familiar with the current status of the group in question.


Suggested Keys for Group 3 (Chironomidae):

Wiederholm, T. (ed.). 1983. Chironomidae of the Holarctic region. - Keys and diagnoses. Part 1. Larvae. Entomologica scandinavica Supplement 19:1-457. (Now out of print evidently, but possibly available from used book dealers).

Epler, J. H. 2001. Identification manual for the larval Chironomidae (Diptera) of North and South Carolina. A guide to the taxonomy of the midges of the southeastern United States, including Florida. Special Publication SJ2001-SP13. North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Raleigh, NC and St. Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, FL. 526 pp. (Available as downloadable pdf or printed copy from information posted on John Epler's web site http://home.comcast.net/~johnepler3/index.html

Coffman, W.P. & L.C. Ferrington, Jr. 1996. Chironomidae. Pp. 635-754 in Merritt, R.W. & K.W. Cummins (eds.). An introduction to the aquatic insects of North America. 3rd ed. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, IA.


Oliver, D.R., M.E. Dillon & P.S. Cranston. 1990. A catalog of Nearctic Chironomidae. Research Branch Agriculture Can. Pub. 1857/B. 89 pp.

Oliver, D.R. & M.E. Dillon. 1994b. Corrections and additions to “A catalog of Nearctic Chironomidae”. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 96: 8-10.

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