North Carolina Taxonomic Guides

The following manuals are provided as a resource for professional biologists and water quality scientists with an interest in taxonomic identification of the mayflies (Ephemeroptera), stoneflies (Plecoptera), caddisflies (Trichoptera), and aquatic beetles (Coleoptera) of North Carolina. In addition to taxonomy of the above aquatic groups, these manuals provide suggested taxonomic effort levels as well as habitat and distributional notes for all included taxa.

The Ephemeroptera of North Carolina  (21 Oct 2013)
The Plecoptera of North Carolina   (Dec. 2015) 

A Photographic Guide to North Carolina Isoperla (Plecoptera: Perlodidae)
The Trichoptera of North Carolina  (25 Jan 2010)
The Aquatic Coleoptera of North Carolina  (20 Oct 2011)

 


Identification Manual for the Larval Chironomidae(Diptera)
of North and South Carolina

 

Chironomidae are the most diverse group of stream insects, including many different feeding groups, habitat preferences, and tolerance levels. They often make up about one third of the macroinvertebrate fauna of freshwater streams and rivers, with around 800 species known from the southeastern United States. This group has enormous potential as water quality indicators, but the lack of good identification guides has impeded their use by many stream ecologists.
The "Identification Manual for the Larval Chironomidae (Diptera) of North and South Carolina" is the culmination of a four-year project by Dr. John Epler (johnepler3@comcast.net). This project was funded by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency, administered by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources. While this key is intended for use with North Carolina/South Carolina specimens, it should work well for most of the eastern United States.

Introduction
Telmatogetoninae
Podonominae
Tanypodinae
Diamesinae
Prodiamesinae
Orthocladiinae
Chironominae

Checklist
Bibliography

 


 

Other Useful Taxonomy Links

 

Freshwater Gastropods of North Carolina
http://www.fwgna.org/FWGNC/

Great Smokey Mountain National Park Aquatic Insect Checklist
http://www.discoverlife.org/nh/cl/GSMNP/aquatic_insects_GSMNP.html
 
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Identification Keys
http://www.floridadep.org/labs/cgi-bin/sbio/keys.asp#keys
 
 
Plecoptera of North America
http://plsa.inhs.uiuc.edu/plecoptera/
 
 
 
 

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