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“Shore Flies”
Family Overview
No family-level description defined.
Characteristics
POLLUTION TOLERANCE
0 = least tolerant, 10 = most tolerant
FEEDING HABITS
Collector / Gatherer
Engulfer / Predator
Scraper / Grazer
Shredder / Herbivore
MOVEMENT
Burrower
Sprawler
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“Shore Flies”
Diagnostic Characters
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Order: Wings and wing pads absent. Eye spots sometimes visible, but compound eyes absent. Segmented legs absent, but sometimes fleshy prolegs present. Sometimes with distinct head, often without head or with head drawn deeply into thorax. Body flattened, cylindrical, or maggot-like.
Family: The head is not evident, but is reduced to some sclerotized rods inside the thorax; there are no segmented legs; the end of the abdomen is somewhat tapered and usually ends in a long retractile respiratory tube that lacks tubercles.