In this section
- Biting midge (Ceratopogonidae)
- Biting midge (Forcipomyiinae)
- Chironomid midge (Chironomus)
- Chironomid midge (Corynoneura)
- Chironomid midge (Eukiefferiella)
- Chironomid midge (Harrisius)
- Chironomid midge (Lobodiamesa)
- Chironomid midge (Maoridiamesa)
- Chironomid midge (Orthoclad)
Chironomid midge (Paucispinigera)
- Chironomid midge (Podonominae)
- Chironomid midge (Polypedilum)
- Chironomid midge (Stictocladius)
- Chironomid midge (Tanypodinae)
- Chironomid midge (Tanytarsini)
- Dixid midge (Nothodixa)
- Dixid midge (Paradixa)
- Net wing midge (Blephariceridae)
- Solitary midges (Thaumaleidae)
Paucispinigera is one of our lesser known members of the Chironomini subfamily of chironomid midges. Like other chironomids the general body form is worm-like, but with a distinct head, and with paired prolegs under the head and at the end of the abdomen. Paucispinigera has a slender body that may be red when live (pale when preserved). The head is small and the eyes are split into two barely-separated parts, one above the other.
Paucispinigera larvae are mainly known from South Island bush-covered streams, and lakes, but there are occasional North Island records.
They are collector-gatherers feeding on fine organic matter including streambed algae.
- Hard bottom: 6
- Soft bottom: 7.7
The tolerance values (ranging from 0 to 10) give an indication of which are the sensitive taxa (values of 8 or more) and which are the tolerant taxa (values of 3 or less). For more information see: Indicator species
Paucispinigera are mostly known from beech forest South Island streams (presumably with good water quality). They have tolerance values of 6 (hard bottom sites) and 7.7 (soft bottom sites).