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Biting midges (Ceratopogonidae)

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The Ceratopogonidae form a family of small nematocerous flies, usually less than 3 or 4 mm in length. They are closely related to the Chironomidae, the non-biting midges, but can be distinguished from them by the presence of biting mouthparts in the female, the wing venation and by the short fore legs (Fig. 7.1). They are best known as ′biting midges′ (often, as here, abbreviated to ′midges′), but are also called ′sandflies′ (usually, and best, reserved for Phlebotominae), ′no-see-ums′, ′punkies′ or simply ′biting gnats′. Some 5000 species in 60 or more genera have been described. They are distributed worldwide, with the exception of the Arctic and Antarctic.

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Rift Valley Fever Maxillary Palp Radial Cell Bluetongue Virus Flagellar Segment 
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