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Pentagenia

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Ephemeroptera
Scientific name  Pentagenia
Rank  Genus
Phylum  Arthropoda
Family  Ephemeridae
Higher classification  Palingeniidae
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Similar  Mayfly, Insect, Palingeniidae, Acanthametropus pecatonica, Hexagenia bilineata

Pentagenia, similar to Hexagenia, is a genus of insect in the family Ephemeridae, commonly referred to as burrowing mayflies. It contains the following species:

  • Pentagenia robusta
  • General information

    Unlike Hexagenia, which inhabit mostly lightly compacted silt substrates, most species of Pentagenia inhabit compacted clay substrates. They also prefer faster flowing streams than Hexagenia. This difference in habitat creates several morphological differences between the two genera. The mandibular tusks are used to excavate an open burrow in the substrate where the mayfly resides, therefore the size and strength of the head differs between the two genera in correlation to the different substrates in which they burrow. However, the best delineating feature between the two is that Pentagenia have a pointed frontal process with a minor cleft at the point.

    References

    Pentagenia Wikipedia


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