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Order Diptera - The Mosquitoes
Distinguishing characteristics - Mosquito larvae have a fairly distinctive appearance with a prominent, exposed sclerotized head (Fig. B). They lack prolegs and they have fused thoracic segments which are wider than the abdomen (Fig. A). They usually have prominent mouth brushes (Fig. B black arrow) and simple antennae (Fig. B white arrow) and their terminal segment of the abdomen has an anal fan (Fig. C).

Tolerance Value - 8

Feeding Group - Collector

Notes - Mosquito larvae are usually found in almost all standing water habitats and are not usually collected from rivers and stream. They feed on microorganisms and detritus, which they catch by sweeping their mouth brushes.

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