• Kenneth J. Tennessen


Nymphs of Petaluridae are large, dark and very setose with thick antennae, parallel wing sheaths and setal tufts on the dorsum of the abdomen. The two genera found in North America, Tachopteryx and Tanypteryx, differ in body shape, the number of antennal segments and the development of the posterolateral corners of the abdominal segments. Tachopteryx is monotypic and restricted to the eastern United States; nymphs do not burrow but rather wallow under moist vegetation in slowly seeping mucky habitats and fens. One species of Tanypteryx occurs in North America, in southwestern Canada and the western United States; it digs out and occupies cylindrical burrows in soft saturated soils of hillside seeps.


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  • Kenneth J. Tennessen
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Florida State Collection of ArthropodsGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.WautomaUSA

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