New faunistic records of Chironomidae (Diptera: Insecta) from Iran

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1 Department of Environmental and Life Sciences, Trent University, 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

2 Department of Fisheries Sciences, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj, Iran

3 Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology, Faculty of Fisheries and Environmental Sciences, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran

4 Zrebar Lake Environmental Research, Kurdistan Studies Institute, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj, Iran


Ongoing investigation into Chironomidae specimens collected from the Sirwan River watershed in 2020 resulted in two new faunistic records for Iran, and new range extensions for the Palearctic region. Two species, Paramerina divisa (Walker, 1856) and Xenochironomus xenolabis (Kieffer, 1916) are diagnosed and reported for the first time from Iran. This contributes to establishing baseline data about the diversity and distribution of freshwater flora and fauna of this region.


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