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Research Project: Systematics of Flies of Importance in Agroecosystems and the Environment

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Key to adults of North American genera of the subfamily Cecidomyiinae (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae)

item GAGNE, R. - Retired ARS Employee

Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/20/2018
Publication Date: 3/4/2018
Citation: Gagne, R.J. 2018. Key to adults of North American genera of the subfamily Cecidomyiinae (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae). Zootaxa. 4392(3):401-457.

Interpretive Summary: Technical keys for the identification of insects are needed to keep track of the genera and species that are constantly being discovered. The last available key to the gall midge genera of North America treated the 98 known to that time. The present key treats an additional 52 genera that have been found to occur here since 1980 mainly because of taxonomic investigations in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This key, supported by a large number of helpful illustrations, will allow scientists and user groups to correctly and quickly identify genera of this economically important insect group.

Technical Abstract: Keys to the subfamilies of Cecidomyiidae and to the 150 genera of Cecidomyiinae known to occur in North America are presented. Information is given for each of the genera on distribution, number of species and habits. Patterns of general distribution for the subfamily are discussed. A glossary to anatomical terms is included.