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Mayfly Genus Nixe

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Species in NixeNumber of SpecimensNumber of Pictures
Nixe inconspicua113
Nixe lucidipennis00

6 species aren't included.
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The only species currently in this genus reported to produce fishable hatches is Nixe lucidipennis.

Angling books sometimes mention hatches of Nixe criddlei and Nixe simpliciodes. These species have been moved to the genus Ecdyonurus.

Hatching Behavior


These species hatch in or near the surface in calm water. Emergence is quite fast, but the duns may drift a while.

Spinner Behavior


Time Of Day: Dusk

Habitat: Riffles
The female spinners oviposit by flying over the water and dropping down to the surface to release some eggs, then taking off to do it again. They eventually fall spent (Spent: The wing position of many aquatic insects when they fall on the water after mating. The wings of both sides lay flat on the water. The word may be used to describe insects with their wings in that position, as well as the position itself.).

Pictures of 1 Mayfly Specimen in the Genus Nixe:

Male Nixe inconspicua Mayfly DunMale Nixe inconspicua  Mayfly Dun View 13 PicturesThis pretty little dun was part of a sparse midsummer evening hatch on a large Catskill river.

I could not identify it by following a species key step by step, but I tentatively keyed it to the genus Nixe, and based on distribution maps and physical descriptions the most likely species is Nixe inconspicua.
Collected July 13, 2005 from the East Branch of the Delaware River in New York
Added to Troutnut.com by Troutnut on April 14, 2006

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