Qiniella

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Qiniella
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Nematocera
Infraorder: Culicomorpha
Superfamily: Chironomoidea
Family: Chironomidae
Subfamily: Orthocladiinae
Genus: Qiniella
Wang & Sæther, 1998

Qiniella is a genus of non-biting midges in the diptera subfamily Orthocladiinae of the family Chironomidae.

The genus Qiniella was first described by Xinhua Wang & Ole A. Sæther in 1998 for a single species, Q. lii, recorded from China. Posteriorly, Mendes and Andersen described two additional species, Q. copa and Q. thai, from Malaysia and Thailand respectively.

Only the male adults are known, but Q. copa was collected high in the tree canopies in Malaysia, suggesting that this genus has terrestrial-immature forms.

References

  • Mendes, H. F. & Andersen, T. 2002. Two new species of Qiniella Wang & Sæther (Diptera: Chironomidae) from Southeast Asia. Tidsch. Entomol. 145: 89-93.
  • Wang, X. & Sæther, O. A. 1998. Qiniella, a new orthoclad genus from China (Diptera: Chironomidae). Hydrobiologia 362: 103-106.