, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 291–300 | Cite as

Life cycles of 17 riffle-dwelling mayfly species (Baetidae, Heptageniidae, and Ephemerellidae) in central Japan

  • Shigeaki TamuraEmail author
  • Takashi Kagaya
Research paper


We described the life cycles of 17 riffle-dwelling mayfly species in a central Japanese stream. Both species of Baetidae (Alainites yoshinensis Gose and Baetis thermicus Uéno) and two of nine species of Heptageniidae (Ecdyonurus scalaris Kluge and Epeorus latifolium Uéno/l-nigrus Matsumura) in this stream were multivoltine (more than one generation per year). Seven other heptageniid species (two unidentified species of Cinygmula, Epeorus aesculus Imanishi, E. curvatulus Matsumura, E. ikanonis Takahashi, E. napaeus Imanishi, and Rhithrogena japonica Uéno) and all six species of Ephemerellidae [Cincticostella elongatula (McLachlan), C. nigra (Uéno), Drunella basalis (Imanishi), D. ishiyamana Matsumura, D. sachalinensis (Matsumura), and D. trispina (Uéno)] were essentially univoltine.


Ephemeroptera Life history Stream insects Voltinism 



We thank S. Ishiwata for advice on the identification of mayflies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Forest Zoology, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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