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LeskorcalaApril 7th, 2020, 7:41 pm
Posts: 12Love to pick few brains to ID this black and white mayfly nymph I just collected one on Bitterroot river in Montana April 7th I found it under tree trunk
Thanks
MillcreekApril 8th, 2020, 9:28 am
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 343
Definitely a member of Heptageniidae. Might be a Rhithrogena. If you still have the specimen, put it on it's back and see if the gills form a "suction cup", or if they meet in front and back, like in this picture.

https://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+0816+0153
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LeskorcalaApril 8th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Posts: 12Thank you for your help fortunately i did not collect the specimen, i will try next time out.Very different in black and white or cream markings which i have not seen often.
MillcreekApril 8th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Healdsburg, CA

Posts: 343
I'm guessing at Rhithrogena. Seems likely because of the general aspect of it. The color is unusual for Rhithrogena but there are several undescribed species of western Rhithrogena nymphs.
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KonchuApril 10th, 2020, 10:50 am
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Indiana

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That looks like my search image of a living Rhithrogena. I'm only aware of R. undulata having been found in the Bitterroot R in MT, but like Millcreek said, we don't know as much about the nymphs as we'd like. The record I have was from a June emergence, FWIW.

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