NEW TAXA ADDED
From time to time, new taxa are added to the various checklists
maintained on this site. Below is a quick summary of recent
additions or corrections/updates; newest records at top.
(last update 28 December 2020)
Two species have been removed from Chironomus/Einfeldia
and placed in the genus Benthalia.
We now have B. brunneipennis (Johannsen) and B.
natchitocheae (Sublette). This now conforms with what
European taxonomists are doing.
rutteri Epler added to replace taxon
previously known as "Cryptotendipes sp. 1 Epler".
See Epler, J.H. 2018. The genus Cryptotendipes Beck et
Beck in Florida, with the description of a new species (Diptera:
Chironomidae: Chironominae). Zootaxa 4433: 583-594.
pseudotener (Goetghebuer) added to list.
Cryptotendipes casuarius (Townes) deleted from list
(old Beck & Beck records refer to C. emorsus).
Paper in progress will provide more details later!
A has been described as Dicrotendipes
hulberti. See: Epler, J.H.
2016. A new species of Dicrotendipes (Diptera:
Chironomidae) from Florida. Zootaxa 4208: 77-83
Paramerina is now considered a subgenus of Zavrelimyia.
See: Silva, F.L. da & Ekrem, T. 2015.
Phylogenetic relationships of nonbiting midges in the subfamily
Tanypodinae (Diptera: Chironomidae) inferred from
morphology. Systematic Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12141;
Sæther added. This is a new genus and species for Florida, collected at
my house in Wakulla County.
Micropsectra sp. F Epler
Pontomyia natans Edwards
Stempellina cf. subglabripennis
(Brundin) added (was S.
sp. D Epler).
Tanytarsus hastatus Sublette
Sasa added (was T. sp.
Epler, T. sp. Q Epler)
T. sp. H Epler and T. sp. I Epler added (duh ...
how did I manage to not have these listed before??)
T. sp. alpha Epler, T. sp. beta Epler, T. sp. delta Epler, T. sp. gamma Epler, T. sp. epsilon Epler added.
Parachironomus sp. D Epler
belatedly added. This taxon will key to couplet 7 in Epler
(2001) but has a smooth outer border to the mentum, has no
recurved striae on the ventromental plate and the anterior border
of the plate is smooth. Todd Risk of FDEP and Bob Rutter
have also found this taxon.
Tanytarsus bromelicola changed
T. cf. bromelicola
Tanytarsus sp. S changed
to T. gibbus. Have
your material verified before you change any names!!
Tanytarsus sp. Y changed
to T. messersmithi.
Have your material verified before you change any names!!
Tanytarsus sp. Q deleted (same as T. sp. E)
Tanytarsus sp. Z added based on
material from Escambia County (courtesy of Todd Risk and Mike
Heyn, FDEP Tallahassee).
3-i-2014, updated 4-vi-2014 to correct error with T.
Tanytarsus allicis Sublette
added. Status of T.
pelsuei changed to "probable"; Florida specimens
previously identified as this species by J.E. Sublette do not
appear to be T. pelsuei but
are apparently an undescribed species very similar to it and T. dendyi.
Status of Tanytarsus sepp changed from
probable to certain; Tanytarsus
sp. A removed because in most cases this is T. sepp. HOWEVER, do not
automatically assume "your" T. sp. A is T. sepp unless you have
associated material. There are other taxa out there
masquerading as T. sp.
A; you'll just have to wait until my new Tanytarsini key for
Florida is completed (by summer of 2014).
Added Stempellina sp. D from
Econfina Creek in Panhandle. Somewhat similar to my S. sp. B (not known from FL),
but pedicels for frontoclypeal setae much longer.
Updated taxonomy of Cryptochironomus stylifera
(Johannsen), previously confused with C. psittacinus (Meigen) by Townes
Bethbilbeckia floridensis to
Cantopelopia gesta to Monopelopia
Hayesomyia senata to Thienemannimyia
both Helopelopia species
Asheum beckae back to Polypedilum
Einfeldia brunneipennis and E. natchitocheae to Chironomus
Glyptotendipes chelonia (Townes) replaces G. amplus Townes
Removed Orthocladiinae genus E; this is most
likely a Metriocnemus.
Added Corynoneura floridaensis Fu
& Sæther (was my C. sp. B) and Corynoneura
capitanea Fu & Sæther (larva
Belatedly added Polypedilum sp. FL to Florida
checklist. This was called "P.
bergi" in the key, but may not be that species.
Associated material is needed!
Labrundinia longipalpus (Goetghebuer) listed as
senior synonym for L. maculata
Roback. See Da Silva, F.L., A.A. Fonseca-Gessner & T.
Ekrem. 2011. Revision of Labrundinia
maculata Roback, 1971, a new junior synonym of L. longipalpis (Goetghebuer,
1921) (Diptera: Chironomidae: Tanypodinae). Aquatic Insects 33:
Cladotanytarsus latissimus Giłka and C. subletteorum Giłka added.
Both species are known as adults and pupae only and are members of
the subgenus C. (Lenziella).
To date, both are known only from Florida. See: Giłka, W.
2011. Six unusual Cladotanytarsus
Kieffer: towards a systematics of the genus and resurrection of Lenziella Kieffer (Diptera:
Chironomidae: Tanytarsini). Zootaxa 3100: 1-34. I added these
two species to the checklist last year but I neglected to add them
to this page.
"Stempellina sp. C" is Neostempellina reissi. This
was changed some time ago on the Florida checklist but I neglected
to mention it here!!
added. Described from Gadsden County; known only as adult
male. See Ferrington, L.C., Jr. & O.A. Sæther. 2011. A revision of
the genera Pseudosmittia
Edwards, 1932, Allocladius
Kieffer, 1913, and Hydrosmittia
gen. n. (Diptera: Chironomidae, Orthocladiinae). Zootaxa 2849:
in Florida changed from probable to certain based on specimens from
Gadsden Co. Species level identification uncertain; adults
needed! Thanks to Todd Risk (FDEP) for this record.
Saetheria sp. 1 added (Leon Co.: Panther
Creek). Thanks to Laura Line (WAR) for sending the specimen
Phaenopsectra punctipes (Wiedemann) added, based
on the distinctive larva (not illustrated in my 2001 manual).
Larva has a very deep, rounded notch (diastema) on the mandible,
mentum steeply descending laterally, 3 plates of pecten epipharyngis
densely adorned with numerous small teeth (appears spiny like a
hedgehog) and strong, well defined line between frontal apotome and
sclerite anterior to it. In Florida known from northern tier
Stilocladius clinopecten Sæther added; known from Wolf Creek,
Tanytarsus sp. W Epler deleted; the "type" was a
Bolton, Ekrem, Sublette & Sublette added; known from Duval and
Frankin Counties in FL. Orignally diagnosed as Micropsectra sp. D in my 2001
manual (see p. 8.98)
Polypedilum ontario (Walley) confirmed from
Florida: Okaloosa Co., Turtle Creek; fide Todd Risk, FDEP
Tvetenia tshernovskii (Pankratova) added to
replace T. vitracies Sæther
Kribiodorum perpulchrum added to replace Stelechomyia perpulchra
Phytotelmatocladius delarosai Epler added to
replace Orthocladiinae genus H
Asheum has been re-established as a genus,
with the sole SE US species A. beckae (Sublette). This
was done in a brief statement on page 6 of Oyewo, E.A. and O.A
Sæther. 2008. Revision of Polypedilum (Pentapedilum)
Kieffer and Ainuyusurika
Sasa et Shirasaki (Diptera: Chironomidae). Zootaxa 1953: 1-145.
columbiensis Wülker, Sublette, Morath & Martin
Zavrelia aristata Ekrem & Stur added
Parachironomus longistilus Paggi - Martin
Spies has recently "split" P.
supparilis into three species; the species we have here is
P. longistilus. See:
Spies, M. 2008. Parachironomus
valdiviensis, spec. nov., and other changes to nomenclature
of Neotropical Chironomidae (Insecta, Diptera). Spixiana 31:
Cladotanytarsus sp. C [Suwannee River (Madison
Co.), Alapaha and Withlacoochee Rivers (Hamilton Co.), Cow Creek
(Gilchrist Co.); fide Todd
Cranston [recently described in Cranston, P.S. 2007. A new species
for a bromeliad phytotelm-dwelling Tanytarsus (Diptera: Chironomidae). Ann. Entomol.
Soc. Am. 100: 617-622]
Parakiefferiella sp. F "added"; this corrects an
oversight on my part (formerly called "Stilocladius? sp."). Thanks to
Todd Risk (FDEP) for pointing this out to me!
Stempellinella fimbriata Ekrem [replaces my Stempellinella sp. A]
[replaces my S. cf. leptocelloides]
Jacobsen & Bilyj [new species described from southern Florida]
& Jacobsen [my Polypedilum sp. A]
Marcondes & de Pinho [Neotropical species found in Everglades
by Rick Jacobsen]
Pseudorthocladius destitus Sæther & Sublette
[Minnow Creek, Jackson Co., leg. Dana Denson, FDEP]
(Skuse) [Everglades and southern Florida; Rick Jacobsen; Todd
Conchapelopia aleta Roback
Hudsonimyia cf. parrishi Caldwell
Cricotopus cf. albiforceps (Kieffer)
C. cf. fugax (Johannsen)
Parametriocnemus hamatus (Johannsen)
Micropsectra cf. nigripila
M. cf. polita (Malloch)
sp. # 5 Jacobsen
Tanytarsus sp. Y Epler
Florida water beetles
The species previously known as Uvarus sp. 1 Epler has
been described as Uvarus
sinofelihelianthus Epler. See Epler, J.H. 2020. A new species of Uvarus Guignot, 1939 (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Hydroporinae:
Bidessini) from Florida, USA. Insecta Mundi 0752: 1-4.
The species previously
known as Rhantus calidus
(Fabricius) is now placed in the new genus Meridiorhantus. Thus
it is now known as Meridiorhantus
calidus (Fabricius). See
Balke, M, Hájek, J & Hendrich, L. 2017. Generic
reclassification of species formerly included in Rhantus
Dytiscidae, Colymbetinae). Zootaxa 4258: 91-100.
has been reduced to subgeneric status within Hydaticus. Thus our most common species is now Hydaticus (Prodaticus) bimarginatus.
Coelambus Thomson has been reinstated as a full genus ( see
Miller & Bergsten. 2016. Diving Beetles of the
World). Thus two species previously placed in Hygrotus are now in Coelambus:
C. berneri (Young & Wolfe) and C. nubilus
(LeConte). Note also that "nubilus"
was misspelled in the manual.
& Michat replaces Laccodytes
Régimbart. See Toledo, M. & Michat, M. 2015. Description
of Laccomimus gen. n. and eleven new species from the
Neotropical region (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae, Laccophilinae).
Zootaxa 3990: 301-354.
removed from author name for Celina
grossula - should be Celina grossula LeConte. I had
followed an error in Young (1979) by placing "LeConte" in
parentheses. Because LeConte originally described the species grossula in the genus Celina, there are no
parentheses around his name.
Celina slossonae changed back
to its original spelling - call it Celina slossoni ... again. Note
that even though Mutchler misspelled it as "slossoni" (which is
incorrect; because the species was named for a woman, it should
have been "slossonae"),
Article 33.4 of the ICZN states that such a change is to be termed
an "incorrect subsequent spelling".
Neoporus floridanus moved
sp. 1 added
Eretes sticticus (L.) to
E. explicitus Miller,
based on my re-examination and dissection of Young's material
Ilybius incarinatus Zimmermann
added [Wakulla Co.]
Prodaticus added, includes P. bimarginatus and P. rimosus. The two
included species were formerly placed in the subgenus H. (Guignotites); this is a
junior synonym of Prodaticus,
which has been elevated to full genus status. See:
Miller, K.B., Bergsten, J. & M.F. Whiting. 2009. Phylogeny and
classification of the tribe Hydaticini (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae):
partition choice for Bayesian analysis with multiple nuclear and
mitochondrial protein-coding genes. Zoologica Scripta 38: 591-615.
Matus bicarinatus (Say)
[Blackwater River and Escambia River, Santa Rosa Co., leg. Dana
Denson & Andy Rasmussen]
Dytiscus carolinus Aubé [Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines
Preserve, leg. D. Almquist, Florida Natural Areas Inventory]
pseudoniger Nilsson & Fery [nom. nov. for ruficeps Aubé]
floridanus Fall [reinstated as full species]
has been synonymized with Optioservus.
Thus we now have two species of Optioservus
recorded from Florida: O. ovalis (LeConte) and O.
tardellus (Fall). See Kamite, Y. 2016.
Revision of the genus Optioservus Sanderson, 1953,
part 3: The O. elegans species group.
Koleopterologische Rundschau 86: 205-212.
Stenelmis mera Sanderson
[Brushy Creek, McDavid Creek, Pine Barren Creek, Escambia Co.,
leg. Andy Rasmussen
& Dana Denson]
S. morsei White [Brushy
Creek, Escambia Co. leg. Andy Rasmussen and Dana Denson]
pedunculatus pending examination of specimen
pedunculatus to Florida fauna [fide Nilsson & Vondel
2005. World Catalogue of Insects. Vol 7.]
The species of Hydrochus have been reviewed for
Mississippi (Worthington, R.J., Hellman, J.L. & Lago,
P.K. 2016. Hydrochidae (Coleoptera) of
Mississippi. Transactions of the American Entomological
Society 142: 167-213. As a result, several of my
letter-designated taxa now have "real" names. H.
sp 1 = H. falsus Hellman; H. sp. 2 = H.
jiawanae Makhan; H. sp. 5 = H. pajnii
Makhan; H. sp. 6 = H. schereri Makhan; H.
sp. 8 = H. jaechi Makhan.
recorded from Florida. See Pintar, M.R. &
Keller, J.L. 2020. First record of Hydrophilus
ensifer Brullé (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) in the
continental United States. The Coleopterists Bulletin
Helocombus is now
considered to be part of Cymbiodyta.
See Toussaint, E.F.A. & Short, A.E.Z. 2019.
Historical biogeography of Holarctic Cymbiodyta water
scavenger beetles in the times of Cenozoic land bridge dispersal
routes. Insect Systematics and Diversity 3: 1-7.
tumidus is now Limnohydrobius
tumidus (LeConte). See Short, A.E.Z., Cole, J. &
Toussaint, E.F.A. 2017. Phylogeny, classification and
evolution of the water scavenger beetle tribe Hydrobiusini
inferred from morphology and molecules (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Systematic Entomology 42: 677-691. Of the
other two species of Hydrobius mentioned on p. 12.42 of my
FL water beetle manual, melaenus (Germar) is also now
placed in Limnohydrobius; H. fuscipes (L.)
remains in Hydrobius.
suturalis (LeConte) changed to Crenitulus suturalis
(LeConte). For more details, download this addendum.
Changed Phaenonotum minor
to P. minus (gender
Changed record for Laccobius minutoides to L. reflexipenis.
Cercyon crocatus Smetana
[I missed the FL record for this taxon previously]
minutoides d'Orchymont [a new genus and species record
for FL; Big Escambia Creek, Escambia Co., leg. Andy Rasmussen
& Dana Denson]
The previous (31-v-2008) record for Cercyon mendax Smetana [Arbuckle Creek,
Highlands Co., leg. Dana & Edie Denson] is incorrect; this
record refers to C. floridanus
Horn. The species is still recorded for Florida in
Hansen, M. 1999. World Catalogue of Insects, Volume 2,
Hydrophiloidea (s. str.) (Coleoptera). Apollo Books, 416 pp.
has been synonymized with Suphisellus.
See Baca, S.M, Toussaint, E.F.A., Miller, K.B. & Short,
A.E.Z. 2017. Molecular phylogeny of the aquatic beetle
family Noteridae (Coleoptera: Adephaga) with an emphasis on data
partitioning strategies. Molecular Phylogenetics and
Evolution 107: 282-292. Thus our single species
of this former genus is now Suphisellus semipunctatus
limbatus LeConte added to Florida list.
All species of Cyphon
from Florida are now placed in Contacyphon
(with the exception of "Cyphon" sp. 3 Epler, which
represents a new genus, currently being described). See Zwick, P.,
Klausnitzer, B. & Ruta, R. 2013. Contacyphon Gozis, 1886
removed from synonymy (Coleoptera: Scirtidae) to accomodate
species so far combined with the invalid name, Cyphon Paykull, 1799.
Entomologische Blätter und Coleoptera 109: 337-353. Note
also that species from the "Cyphon
collaris complex" (none
known to date from Florida) are now placed in the genus Nyholmia. See
Klausnitzer, B. 2013. Monophyletische Artengruppe der
ehemaligen Gattung Cyphon
Paykull, 1799 und Beschreibung von neuen Gattungen (Coleoptera,
Scirtidae). Entomologische Nachrichten und Berichte 57:
Champion added to Florida list.
corrected species list in regards to Cyphon padi, which is NOT Nearctic; record
from Peck & Thomas (1998) for C. padi (L.) probably refers to C. neopadi Klausnitzer,
Scirtes sp. 1 with Scirtes goliai Epler
added Scirtes oblongus Guérin-Méneville [new species for
Florida, USA and Nearctic]. Removed Scirtes sp. 2
added Cyphon spp. 3,
4, 5. Added Sarabandus
robustus to Florida fauna [Paynes Prairie,
Gainesville]. Changed Elodes
pulchella to Sacodes
thoracica (Guérin-Méneville) as a taxon that might occur in Florida
Florida water bugs
Sigara virginiensis Hungerford [unnamed
small creek N of Lake Iamonia, Leon Co.]
The genera Micronecta and Synaptonecta have been
placed in their own family, Micronectidae.
See Epler, J.H. & Denson, D.R. 2017. New records of
Corixidae and Micronectidae (Insecta: Heteroptera: Corixoidea)
from Florida, with a checklist of all species known from the
state. Entomological News 126: 410-414.
obliqua (Hungerford) [Pine
Barren Creek, Escambia Co.]
Hungerford [Pine Barren Creek, Escambia Co.]
macroceps (Kirkaldy) [Manning Creek, Santa Rosa Co.]
Ochterus americanus (Uhler) added, based on male specimen collected
from Sweetwater Creek in Liberty County
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