A systematic reappraisal of the Australian Aphroteniinae (Diptera: Chironomidae) with dating from vicariance biogeography
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2008
Volume 17, Issue 1, pages 41–54, January 1992
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CRANSTON, P. S. and EDWARD, D. H. D. (1992), A systematic reappraisal of the Australian Aphroteniinae (Diptera: Chironomidae) with dating from vicariance biogeography. Systematic Entomology, 17: 41–54. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.1992.tb00319.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2008
- Accepted 1 August 1991
Abstract. The chironomid subfamily Aphroteniinae is revised for the Australian fauna. The larval-based genus Anaphrotenia Brundin is synonymized with Aphroteniella Brundin, and Anaphrotenia lacustris Brundin with Aphroteniella filicomis Brundin, and all stages redescribed and illustrated. A second Australian species, Aphroteniella tenuicornis Brundin, has been reared and the larva is described and the pupa and male redescribed here.
Paraphrotenia fasclpennis Brundin, previously known only from the Australian type locality, is reported from a second site. The pupa and previously unde-scribed female adult are described and figured.
Aphrotenia Brundin, previously known only from Cape Province, South Africa, is recorded from Australia through Aphrotenia australiensis, newly described here and taking the authorship of Hergstrom. An unreared and unnamed larva of Aphrotenia is described and figured.
Aphrotenia, and thus the subfamily, can be dated through a vicariance paradigm substantiated by a Cretaceous fossil record, to a minimum of 120 m.y.b.p.
Keys are given to larva, pupa and adults of the Australian Aphroteniinae.