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Records of chironomidae larvae living on other aquatic animals in Brazil

In this study, we report forty-nine cases of Chironomidae larvae living on other animals in Brazilian aquatic ecosystems, including a wide range of hosts, such as hydrozoans, snails, insects and fish. We also discuss some empirical difficulties to establish the ecological interactions between chironomids and their hosts.

Chironomidae; aquatic insects; mollusks; fish; ecological interaction; hosts

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