Species profile: Neureclipsis bimaculata

July 31, 2016

Neureclipsis bimaculata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Neureclipsis bimaculata is one of eleven members of the Family Polycentropodidae found in Ireland, and the only member of its genus. It is a species whose larvae can be found in rivers, streams and lake outflows. Its substratum preference includes plants and mosses, woody debris, gravel, rocks, boulders and bedrock. This species shows a preference acidic water, and can be found in brackish water areas.

The feeding ecology of Neureclipsis bimaculata is predominantly predation, with a small amount of passive filter feeding, using trumpet-shaped nets, with a narrow posteriors section, which curls forward.

Characteristic features of the larva of Neureclipsis bimaculata include a basal membranous section of the anal proleg equal in length to the distal sclerotized section and pair of strong spines on the ventral surface of the 9th abdominal segment.

Adults of Neureclipsis bimaculata can be found on the wing from May to October.

For distribution records of Neureclipsis bimaculata, visit the National Biodiversity Data Centre page here.

References

Barnard, P. and Ross, E. (2012) The Adult Trichoptera (Caddisflies) of Britain and Ireland. RES Handbook Volume 1, Part 17.

Edington, J.M. and Hildrew, A.G. (1995) A Revised Key to the Caseless Caddis Larvae of the British Isles: with notes on their ecology. Freshwater Biological Association Special Publication No. 53.

O’Connor, J.P. (2015) A Catalogue and Atlas of the Caddisflies (Trichoptera) of Ireland. Occasional Publication of the Irish Biogeographical Society, No. 11.

Graf, W., Murphy, J., Dahl, J., Zamora-Muñoz, C. and López-Rodríguez, M.J. (2008) Distribution and Ecological Preferences of European Freshwater Species. Volume 1: Trichoptera. Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber & Daniel Hering (eds). Pensoft, Sofia-Moscow.

O’Connor, J.P. (2015) A Catalogue and Atlas of the Caddisflies (Trichoptera) of Ireland. Occasional Publication of the Irish Biogeographical Society, No. 11.

Last updated: 31/07/2016

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