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Type: Article
Published: 2009-12-22
Page range: 77–87
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Thoracic spiracular gill structure of Lipsothrix (Diptera, Limoniidae) in Britain described from scanning electron micrographs

Hunterian Museum (Zoology), Graham Kerr Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland, UK.
Tullie House Museum, Castle St., Carlisle, CA3 8TP, England, UK
90 Bence Lane, Darton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 5DA, England, UK
Microscopy Unit, Faculty of Biological and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland, UK.
plastron saproxylic aquatic


Recent ecological surveys have resulted in rearing examples of the five British members of the genus Lipsothrix (Diptera, Limoniidae). These have provided samples for investigating the morphology of their thoracic spiracular gill by the use of scanning electron microscopy. This reveals unique characteristics for the five species available. The differing structures may relate to varying larval habitats. A species identification key for pupae is based on features of the plastron. Information from the juvenile stages supports the placing of Lipsothrix in the Limoniinae.