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Published: 2016-06-28

First record of Odontomesa Pagast from China, with description of the immature stages of O. ferringtoni Sæther (Diptera, Chironomidae, Prodiamesinae)

College of Life Science, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108, U.S.A
College of Life Science, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
Diptera Odontomesa new record immature stages taxonomy


The genus Odontomesa Pagast is newly recorded from China. Based on associated material collected from China and U.S.A, the immature stages of Odontomesa fulva (Kieffer) and Odontomesa ferringtoni Sæther are redescribed. Odontomesa sp. A Sæther is confirmed as conspecific with O. ferringtoni. The generic diagnosis of immature stages is emended. Keys to the known larvae and pupae of the genus are presented.



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How to Cite

LIU, W., FERRINGTON, L. C. J., & WANG, X. (2016). First record of <em>Odontomesa</em> Pagast from China, with description of the immature stages of <em>O. ferringtoni</em> Sæther (Diptera, Chironomidae, Prodiamesinae). Zootaxa, 4132(1), 135–142.