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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Trichoptera
Superfamily: Phryganeoidea
Family: Brachycentridae
Ulmer, 1903

Brachycentridae is a family of humpless casemaker caddisflies in the order Trichoptera. It is found in North America, Europe, and Asia. Georg Ulmer first described it in Germany in 1903 as a subfamily of Sericostomatidae.[1] The type genus for Brachycentridae is Brachycentrus J. Curtis, 1834.[2]


The family Brachycentridae contains at least 100 species in about 8 genera. The genera Adicrophelps and Amiocentrus are found near the Arctic circle. Doliocentrus and Eorbachycentrus are found in southeastern Siberia and Japan and Western North America respectively.[3]


Most species' larvae make cases using plant or rock material. Several others make it out of silk. A few species' larvae in Brachycentrus form cases in the water with hairs sticking out to absorb food from the water.[3]


These eight genera belong to the family Brachycentridae:

Data sources: i = ITIS,[2] c = Catalogue of Life,[4] g = GBIF,[5] b =[6]


  1. ^ Ulmer, p. 18.
  2. ^ a b "Brachycentridae Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  3. ^ a b Wiggins, p. 292.
  4. ^ "Browse Brachycentridae". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  5. ^ "Brachycentridae". GBIF. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  6. ^ "Brachycentridae Family Information". Retrieved 2018-04-30.


  • Ulmer, G. (1903) Ueber die Metamorphose der Trichopteren.(in German) Hamburg, Germany: Abhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen.
  • Wiggins, G. B. (2004) Caddisflies: the underwater architects. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.