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Recently published / Re: Tanypodinae - new taxa
Last post by Martin Spies - August 18, 2022, 09:51:59 AM

Cranston, P. S., Krosch, M., Tang, H. (2022) Verifying Australian Nilotanypus Kieffer (Chironomidae) in a global perspective: molecular phylogenetic analysis, new species and emended generic diagnoses. CHIRONOMUS J. Chironomidae Res. 35: 12-31. [publd]

Mondal, D., Mukherjee, T., Hazra, N. (2022) On a new species of the genus Zavrelimyia Fittkau, 1962 (Diptera: Chironomidae) from India with cladistic relationship and a world key to the known males. Zootaxa 5154(3): 365-379. [publd]

Mondal, D., Mukherjee, T., Hazra, N. (2022) Two new species of Monopelopia Fittkau, 1962 from forests in India along with a key to adult males of Oriental and Palearctic species (Diptera: Chironomidae). CHIRONOMUS J. Chironomidae Res. 35: 32-42. [publd 17.viii.2022]
Several life stages / Re: Exemplary descriptions
Last post by Broughton A. Caldwell - August 03, 2022, 04:47:40 PM
The links to Goetghebuer 1912 and 1914 have been replaced by the following link for both publications:

The illustrations are excellent!
Identification / Re: New publications
Last post by Martin Spies - July 16, 2022, 11:46:45 AM

Hollister, J., Vega, R., Azhar, M. A. H. B. (2022) Automatic identification of non-biting midges (Chironomidae) using object detection and deep learning techniques. Pp. 256-263 in: De Marsico, M., Sanniti di Baja, G., Fred, A. (eds), Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Applications and Methods (ICPRAM 2022). (DOI: 10.5220/0000155500003122).
Palaeoecology / Re: Recent publications
Last post by Martin Spies - July 13, 2022, 03:22:51 PM

Hamerlík, L., Silva, F. L., Massaferro, J. (2022) An illustrated guide of subfossil Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) from waterbodies of Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula. J. Paleolimnol. 67(3): 201-258. [first publd online 29.i.2022]

McCurry, M. R., Cantrill, D. J., Smith, P. M., Beattie, R., Dettmann, M., Baranov, V., Magee, C., Nguyen, J. M. T., Forster, M. A., Hinde, J., Pogson, R., Wang, H., Marjo, C. E., Vasconcelos, P., Frese, M. (2022) A Lagerstätte from Australia provides insight into the nature of Miocene mesic ecosystems. Science Advances 8(eabm1406): 11 pp. + online suppl. material. [publd online 7.i.2022]
Palaeoecology / Re: Recent publications
Last post by Martin Spies - July 13, 2022, 03:22:25 PM

Cao, Y., Zheng, Z., Luo, X., Langdon, P. G., Dai, Zh., Zhou, A. (2021) Staining of subfossil chironomid head capsules: a method for improving the extraction process from lake sediments and peat. Hydrobiologia 848(3): 631-640 + online suppl. material.

Hamerlík, L., Silva, F. L. da (2021) Chironomidae of Central America. An illustrated introduction to larval subfossils. CRC Press, Boca Raton; 198 pp.

Lombino, A., Atkinson, T., Brooks, S. J., Gröcke, D. R., Holmes, J., Jones, V. J., Marshall, J. D. (2021) Experimental determination of the temperature dependence of oxygen-isotope fractionation between water and chitinous head capsules of chironomid larvae. J. Paleolimnol.: 8 pp. [first publd online,]
Publications / 2022
Last post by Martin Spies - July 07, 2022, 10:41:36 AM

Kettani, K. et al. [47 coauthors in total] (2022) Catalogue of the Diptera (Insecta) of Morocco—an annotated checklist, with distributions and a bibliography. ZooKeys 1094: 466 pp. [publd 12.iv.2022]

Tockner, K., Zarfl, C., Robinson, C. T. (eds) (2022) Rivers of Europe. Second edition. Elsevier, Amsterdam, etc.; xix + 922 pp. [several chapters include names of chironomid taxa; for comparison, see also the first ed. (Tockner, K., Uehlinger, U., Robinson, C. T. (eds) 2009)]
Publications / 2021
Last post by Martin Spies - July 07, 2022, 10:41:10 AM

Ahmad, A. K., Hafizah, A., Sharifah Aisyah, S. O. (2021) Chironomidae (Order: Diptera) diversity in relation to water quality of highland rivers at Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. J. envir. Biol. 42(3): 824-831.

Al-Saffar, H. H., Augul, R. Sh. (2021) Survey of insects in some southern Iraqi marshes. Bull. Iraq nat. Hist. Mus. 16(4): 571-621.

Ebejer, M. J., Gatt, P. (2021) A checklist of the Diptera (Insecta) of the Maltese Islands. Zootaxa 5018(1): 001-075. [publd 10.viii.2021]

Gañan, M., Contador, T., Rendoll, J., Simoes, F., Pérez, C., Graham, G., Castillo, S., Kennedy, J., Convey, P. (2021) Records of Parochlus steinenii in the Maritime Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions. ZooKeys 1011: 63-71. [publd 18.i.2021]

Hubenov, Z. (2021a) Species composition and distribution of the dipterans (Insecta: Diptera) in Bulgaria. Pensoft Series faunistica 223: 276 pp. [publd +30.ix.2021]

Hubenov, Z. (2021b) Review of the families of the suborder Nematocera (Insecta: Diptera) of Bulgaria. Acta zool. bulg. 74(1, March 2022): 9-26. [first publd online 11.x.2021]

Moubayed-Breil, J., Mary, N., Ashe, P. (2021) Chironomidae connus de Nouvelle-Calédonie. I. Sites prospectés et premières données faunistiques [Diptera]. Ephemera 22(2): 103-136. [publd "2020 (2021)", but may be 2022; in French, with English summary]

Namayandeh, A., Ghaderi, E., Mohammadi, H. (2021) New faunistic records of Chironomidae (Diptera: Insecta) from Iran. Iran. J. Animal Biosyst. 17(1): 23-27. [publd online 4.xi.2021]

Namayandeh, A., Ghaderi, E., Mohammadi, H., Ghobari, H. (2021) An overview of the Iranian Chironomidae (Diptera) diversity with an updated checklist with the provincial distribution. Kavkazskii ent. Byull. / Caucasian ent. Bull. 17(2): 401-407. [publd online 15.xii.2021]

Odabaşı, S. (2021) Biodiversity of freshwater macroinvertebrates on Gökçeada Island (North Aegean Sea, Turkey). Oceanol. hydrobiol. Studs 50(4): 421-429.

Working Group on General Status of NWT Species (2021) NWT Species 2021-2025 – General status ranks of wild species in the Northwest Territories. Dept Envir. and nat. Resources, Govt Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, NT, Canada; 389 pp.
Chironomidae bibliography / Re: Works on various general s...
Last post by Martin Spies - July 02, 2022, 12:20:27 PM

Prat, N. (2022) Danzando con quironómidos: Una mirada retrospectiva personal a la investigación y gestión del agua en España. (Dancing with non-biting midges: A personal retrospective look at water research and management in Spain). Limnetica 41(2): 235-244 + online suppl. material. [in Spanish, with English abstract]
Various topics / Re: GENERAL INFORMATION
Last post by Martin Spies - July 02, 2022, 12:13:52 PM
† Patrick J. Ashe
18 March 1954 - 19 June 2022

For those of you who have not heard this already, I am extremely sad but have to report that Paddy Ashe passed away on 19 June after fighting illness for three quarters of a year.

A memorial paper by Declan Murray has been published in the CHIRONOMUS Journal of Chironomidae Research, vol. 35 for 2022; please see

Many among us will painfully miss and never forget Paddy's presence as a kind human being and friendly colleague always ready to cooperate or share his findings. In the scientific record of chironomid research, he has earned an eternal place by investing decades of often very tedious work in finding thousands of more or less hidden data items and compiling them in standard references fundamentally essential to our field (e.g., his World Catalogue volumes with James O'Connor 2009 and 2012).

Farewell, dear friend - may we meet again, in the garden of a stream-side pub in the sky !
Established earlier / Re: New publications on variou...
Last post by Martin Spies - June 23, 2022, 12:05:21 PM

Bolshakov, V. V., Prokin, A. A., Artemenko, S. V. (2021) Karyotype and COI gene sequence of Chironomus heteropilicornis Wülker, 1996 (Diptera, Chironomidae) from the Gydan Peninsula, Russia. CompCytogen 15(4): 447-458.

Krosch, M. N., Silva, F. L., Ekrem, T., Baker, A. M., Bryant, L. M., Stur, E., Cranston, P. S. (2021) A new molecular phylogeny for the Tanypodinae (Diptera: Chironomidae) places the Australian diversity in a global context. Mol. Phyl. Evol. 166(item 107324): 11 pp. + online suppl. material. [first publd online 8.x.2021]

Lencioni, V., Rodriguez-Prieto, A., Allegrucci, G. (2021) Congruence between molecular and morphological systematics of Alpine non-biting midges (Chironomidae, Diamesinae). Zoologica Scripta: 18 pp. + online suppl. material. [first publd online 17.ii.2021]

Lin, X.-L., Zhao, Y.-M., Yan, L.-P., Liu, W.-B., Bu, W.-J., Wang, X.-H., Zheng, C.-G. (2021) Mitogenomes provide new insights into the evolutionary history of Prodiamesinae (Diptera: Chironomidae). Zool. Scripta 51(1): 119-132 + online suppl. material. [first publd online 11.x.2021]

Makarchenko, E. A. (2021) Confirmation of a species status of Diamesa leoniella Hansen, 1976, stat. resurr. (Diptera, Chironomidae) from North America. Zootaxa 4985(3): 439-442. [publd]

Makarchenko, E. A., Yavorskaya, N. M. (2021) Redescription of the little-known chironomid species Parachaetocladius akanoctavus Sasa et Kamimura, 1987 (Diptera: Chironomidae: Orthocladiinae) from the Russian Far East. Evraziat. Entomol. Zh. (= Euroas. Entomol. J.) 20(3): 119-124. [in English, some texts also in Russian]

Michailova, P., Lencioni, V., Nenov, M., Nikolov, S. (2021) Can DNA barcoding be used to identify closely related Clunio Haliday, 1855 species (Diptera: Chironomidae, Orthocladiinae)? Zootaxa 4927(1): 1-8. [publd 11.ii.2021]

Zheng, Ch.-G., Zhu, X.-X., Yan, L.-P., Yao, Y., Bu, W.-J., Wang, X.-H., Lin, X.-L. (2021) First complete mitogenomes of Diamesinae, Orthocladiinae, Prodiamesinae, Tanypodinae (Diptera: Chironomidae) and their implication in phylogenetics. PeerJ 9:e11294: 17 pp. + online suppl. material.