Date of Award

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Committee Member

Dr. John C. Morse, Committee Co-chair

Committee Member

Dr. Michael Caterino, Committee Co-chair

Committee Member

Dr. Kyle Barrett

Abstract

Globally, only 868 trichopteran larvae have been described to enable species-level identification; that is only 0.05% of all caddisfly species. In the Oriental Region, almost none (0.016%) of the larvae are known. Continued work on describing larval species may improve the accuracy of water quality monitoring metrics. Genetic barcoding (with mtCOI) was used to associate unknown larvae with known or unknown adults. The morphology of the larvae was then described in words as well as in illustrations to aid species-level identification. Two new species also were described from adult males in the same manner.

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