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 Major Groups | Insecta (insects) | Trichoptera (caddisflies) | Conoesucidae


Major Group: Insecta
Order: Trichoptera
Family: Conoesucidae

Descriptive Features:

  • head round in dorsal view and more or less flat on top
  • ventral apotome quadrangular, usually unpigmented posteriorly, genae widely separated at occipital margin
  • antennae very close to anterior margin of head, below carina if present
  • mesonotum almost entirely sclerotised
  • metanotum predominantly membranous with 1 or 2 small pairs of sclerites
  • abdomen cylindrical, abdominal gills present or absent, lateral fringe of hairs absent
  • anal claw with single small accessory hook
  • Total length: 4 - 12 mm
  • Case: Cylindrical, usually curved and tapered, constructed of sand, secretion or spiral plant strips.
  • Taxonomic Checklist: Genera

    (2 undescribed genera)

    Distribution: Qld, NSW, Vic, Tas, SA,  ACT

    Sensitivity Rating: SIGNAL grade 7

    Functional Feeding Group: scrapers, shredders 

    Ecology: Instream habitat: Conoesucid larvae occur in fast flowing, clear streams and cool lakes.
    Feeding ecology: Larvae are herbivores grazing on benthic algae and shredders of leaves and wood.
    Habit: Larvae construct cylindrical tube cases of small stones, sand grains, and plant material, or entirely of spun silk.
    Life history:
    Information Sources: Jackson 1998, Dean et al 2004, Neboiss 2003, Hawking & Smith 1997,  Sloane & Norris 2002
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