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A COMPARISON OF THE SPRING-INHABITING GENERA OF CHIRONOMIDAE FROM THE HOLARCTIC WITH THOSE FROM NATURAL AND MANMADE SPRINGS IN LABRADOR, CANADA

  • M.H. Colbo (a1)

Abstract

From the literature 70 of the 212 chironomid genera known in the immature stage from the Holarctic Region are considered in this paper to be inhabitants of springs or seeps, or both. Three more are known only from adults collected at springs and seeps so that 73 out of 235 genera recognized from the Holarctic appear to be associated with these habitats. Literature records of distribution suggest that 65 of the 73 occur in northeastern North America. Collections from natural and manmade springs and seeps in Labrador yielded 45 genera; 40 of these genera belong to the set of 65 genera noted above. The other five are likely spill-overs into springs and seeps from adjacent habitats. Communities from manmade springs and seeps originating from the earth dykes and dams at Churchill Falls were compared with natural springs and seeps there and in Goose Bay, Labrador. Chironomid communities were similar at the generic level in both man-made and natural spring–seep habitats.

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A COMPARISON OF THE SPRING-INHABITING GENERA OF CHIRONOMIDAE FROM THE HOLARCTIC WITH THOSE FROM NATURAL AND MANMADE SPRINGS IN LABRADOR, CANADA

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