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The following draft keys to Craneflies by Alan Stubbs have been scanned by BRC on behalf of the Recording Scheme and can be downloaded using the links below:
Chioneinae (PDF, 7.1Mb
Craneflies with open or no discal cell (PDF, 5.5Mb)
Cranefly Families (PDF, (444Kb)
Cylindrotomidae (PDF, 316Kb)
Limnophilinae (PDF, 3.5Mb)
Limoniinae (PDF, 5.7Mb)
Long Palped (not Tipula) (PDF, 1.8Mb)
Molophilus (PDF, 1.2Mb)
Pediciidae (PDF, 3Mb)
Ptychopteridae (PDF, 447Kb)
Tipula + Subgenera (PDF, 7.8Mb)
Tipulidae (PDF, 326Kb)
Trichoceriidae (PDF, 1.6Mb)
Venation (PDF, 4.5Mb)
I've been meaning to mention, I think there's a error (or a smudge) in the Ptychopteridae key.
My suspicion is that:
The second half of couplet 2 should lead to 5 (it could be a 5 or 6 in the scan). I had a specimen with male genitalia corresponding to albimana and it would key out smoothly if this was the route it took.
The second half of couple 3 should lead to 4 (rather than 5), otherwise the key contradicts itself and has no route to couplet 4.
Could someone with more experience confirm if this is right?
Last edited by Gordon (2013-03-06 20:40:05)
I can't sort out this key, which seems to be an early draft. There is a good working key in "Provisional Atlas of the Ptychopterid Craneflies" by Alan, published by the Biological Records Centre. It's quite an inexpensive little paperback.
The BRC provisional atlas to ptychopterids, including the key, can also be downloaded here:
http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/7509/1/Ptychopte … eflies.pdf