British Insects: the Genera of Ephemeroptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Rhithrogena Eaton

Imago. The compound eyes contiguous (in males), or widely separated (in females); rounded.

Wings unspotted. Fore-wings with R5 and R4 joined basally. Hind-wings present. The hind-wings of the female imagines more than one fifth the length of the fore-wings. Hind tarsi with 5 moveable segments. The hind tarsal claws unalike, being one pointed and one blunt.

The abdomen with two tails. Male claspers crossed. The lobes of the penis narrow, rod-shaped, and widely separated; without recurved appendages.

Nymph. Gills mostly at the sides of the abdomen; not fringed with filaments on both sides; mostly consisting of a plate bearing a tuft of filaments.

Classification. Superfamily Heptagenioidea. Family Heptageniidae.

British representation. 2 species; R. germanica (March Brown Dun, March Brown or Great Red Spinner), and R. semicolorata (Olive Upright Dun, Yellow Upright Spinners).

Illustrations. • Caenis macroura, Cloeon dipterum, Rhithrogena semicolorata: Stephens VI, 1835.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the genera of Ephemeroptera. Version: 29th December 2011. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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