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Larvae are 10 mm. Cases 11 mm.
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MillcreekFebruary 16th, 2015, 11:22 am
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 342
This larvae is common to Mill Creek, a tributary of the Russian River. Haven't found it in the river yet, but it's seasonally common in the stream. Keyed it out to genus in Merritt, Cummins and Berg (2008). Curious as to species. Any help would be appreciated.
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PaulRobertsFebruary 16th, 2015, 6:59 pm
Colorado

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Pretty thing.
GutcutterFebruary 17th, 2015, 8:26 am
Pennsylvania

Posts: 470
Does anybody know how they make that type of case?
Very cool.
Some amazing engineering.
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TaxonFebruary 17th, 2015, 11:14 am
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Plano, TX

Posts: 1306
Hi Tony-

Does anybody know how they make that type of case?


Caddisfly larvae use a mouthpart gland which extrudes silk as a binding agent to build their cases.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
www.FlyfishingEntomology.com
CrenoFebruary 17th, 2015, 12:43 pm
Grants Pass, OR

Posts: 298
Gumaga is a great taxa to initiate a discussion of the species concept. There are numerous publications from the Resh Lab involving Gumaga "species". (http://nature.berkeley.edu/reshlab/) Ya probably should start with Jackson and Resh 1998. (Jackson, John K., Resh, Vincent H. 1998. Morphologically cryptic species confound ecological studies of the caddisfly genus Gumaga (Trichoptera: Sericostomatidae) in northern California. Aquatic Insects 20: 69-84.)

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