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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Ephemeroptera
Superfamily  Baetoidea
Higher classification  Mayfly
Phylum  Arthropoda
Suborder  Schistonota
Scientific name  Baetidae
Rank  Family
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Lower classifications  Baetis, Cloeon, Callibaetis, Acentrella, Procloeon

Small minnow mayfly baetidae callibaetis skokianus female imago

Baetidae is a family of mayflies with about 900 described species distributed worldwide. These are among the smallest of mayflies, adults rarely exceeding 10 mm in length excluding the two long slender tails and sometimes much smaller, and members of the family are often referred to as small mayflies or small minnow mayflies. Most species have long oval forewings with very few cross veins (see Comstock-Needham system) but the hindwings are usually very small or even absent. The males often have very large eyes, shaped like turrets above the head (this is known as "turbinate condition").


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Baetids breed in a wide range of waters from lakes and streams to ditches and even water butts. The nymphs are strong swimmers and feed mainly on algae.

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