British Insects: the Genera of Ephemeroptera


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Siphlonurus Eaton

Siphlurella Bengtsson, Siphlurus Eaton.

Imago. The compound eyes rounded.

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 about one-and-a-half times the length of the tibia. Hind tarsi with 4 moveable segments. The hind tarsal claws both pointed.

The abdomen with two tails.

Nymph. The outer tails hairy on the inner side only. Gills mostly at the sides of the abdomen; not fringed with filaments on both sides.

Classification. Superfamily Heptagenioidea. Family Siphlonuridae.

British representation. 3 species; S. alternatus, S.armatus and S. lacustris (the Duns and Spinners all colloquially called Summer Mayflies).

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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.’.