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[From New Latin Chīronomidae, family name, from Chīronomus, type genus, from Latin chīronomos, moving the hands according to the rules of art, pantomimic (the genus being so called because the adults hold their front pair of legs in the air when at rest ), from Greek kheironomos : kheir, hand; see ghes- in Indo-European roots + nomos, custom, law; see nem-.]


(Animals) a member of the Chironomidae, a family of nonbiting midges
(Animals) of or relating to this family
[C19: from New Latin chironomus, from Greek kheironomos a gesturer, from kheir hand + nomos manager + -id2]
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Surveys by Pemberton (1980) and Markham (1985) in Lake Tanganyika found evidence of damage to hydrilla, and both studies concluded that the damage was caused by chironomid midges in the genus Polypedilum Kieffer.
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Ratio of the number of EPT individuals to the number of EPT + chironomid individuals (EPT/[EPT + chi]): This metric can be viewed as the proportional abundance of macroinvertebrates in the mostly pollution sensitive taxa to the mostly pollution tolerant taxa (Lenat, 1993).
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Studies of shorebird diet among interior stopover habitats indicate that chironomid larvae are the dominant prey items (Helmers 1991, Mihue et al.
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Interacting influences of density and preference on the emigration rates of some lotic chironomid larvae (Diptera:Chironomidae).
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