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Family Overview
The head is distinct and conspicuous; there are no segmented legs; the body has many transverse ridges or rows of small setae; the first 3 abdominal segments each has a pair of small fleshy prolegs, each with a single, slender, curved claw.
Characteristics
POLLUTION TOLERANCE
0 = least tolerant, 10 = most tolerant
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Burrower
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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 distinct and conspicuous; there are no segmented legs; the body has many transverse ridges or rows of small setae; the first 3 abdominal segments each has a pair of small fleshy prolegs, each with a single, slender, curved claw.