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Polypedilum nubens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Nematocera
Infraorder: Culicomorpha
Superfamily: Chironomoidea
Family: Chironomidae
Subfamily: Chironominae
Tribe: Chironomini
Genus: Polypedilum
Kieffer, 1912
  • Asheum Sublette & Sublette, 1983
  • Cerobregma Sæther & Sundal, 1999
  • Kribiocharis Kieffer, 1921
  • Kribionympha Kieffer, 1921
  • Kribiophilus Kieffer, 1921
  • Kribiotima Kieffer, 1921
  • Pedionomus Sublette, 1964
  • Pentapedilum Kieffer, 1913
  • Pentapelma Kieffer, 1921
  • Propedilum Lenz, 1937
  • Rosenia Kieffer, 1921
  • Tripedilum Kieffer, 1921
  • Tripodura Townes, 1945
  • Uresipedilum Sasa & Kikuchi, 1995

Polypedilum is a genus of non-biting midges in the subfamily Chironominae of the bloodworm family Chironomidae. This is probably the most species-rich of all chironomid genera. Larvae of Polypedilum may also be among the most abundant invertebrates in euthrophic ponds, reaching densities of up to 1200 larvae per square meter.[1]



  1. ^ Int Panis, L; Bervoets L; Verheyen RF (1995). "The spatial distribution of Caenis horaria (L., 1758) (Caenidae, Ephemeroptera) in a pond in Niel (Belgium)". Bull. Annls Soc. belge Ent. 131: 47–51. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Emmanuel Adeoye Oyewo & Ole A. Sæther (2008). Revision of Polypedilum (Pentapedilum) Kieffer and Ainuyusurika Sasa et Shirasaki (Diptera: Chironomidae). 1953. New Zealand: Magnolia Press. pp. 145 pp. ISBN 978-1-86977-300-7. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Vårdal, H., Bjørlo, A. & Sæther, O. A. (2002). "Afrotropical Polypedilum subgenus Tripodura, with a review of the subgenus (Diptera: Chironomidae)". Zoologica Scripta. Wiley InterScience. 31 (4): 331–402. doi:10.1046/j.1463-6409.2002.00096.x.