Schmidt-Ott Lab

Chironomus riparius


The common midge Chironomus riparius represents the mosquito branch of lower dipterans but does not sting. It is common in North America and Europe and rather easy to maintain as a laboratory culture. Chironomus ripariushas a long history in biological research, going back to the late 1800s (Sander 2000). The genome has been sequenced (Opphold et al. 2017).

Chironomus riparius. Source: Antonello Fardella/ANFAROFOTO.IT

1st instar larva of C. riparius (Photo: U. Schmidt-Ott).

 First instar C. riparius larva following knockdown of panish (Klomp et al. 2015) results in a double abdomen phenotype.

Selected Publications