Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Cricotopus brevipalpis

Cricotopus brevipalpis Kieffer, 1909

Diptera, Chironomidae

Cricotopus brevipalpis mine

Potamogeton natans, Tilburg, de Kaaistoep; © Paul van Wielink

Cricotopus brevipalpis mine

Potamogeton crispus, Belgium, prov. Namur, Moignelée; © Jean-Yves Baugnée


Initially a large number of short, narrow galleries are made from the midrib. Later the larvae move to other leaves, and make then long, sometimes branching galleries. Frass in a brown mass. Pupation in an enlarged pupal chamber at the end of a gallery.


Potamogetonaceae, monophagous

Potamogeton crispus, natans, polygonifolius.


Larvae from June till autumn, up to seven generations (Gripekoven, 1914a).


BE recorded Goddeeris & Behen (1991a).

NE recorded (Moller Pillot & Beuk, 2002a).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Fennoscandia and North Russia to the Pyrenees, Alps, and Hungary, and from Britain to Moldova.


Slender, without feet, with a chitinised head capsule.


Berg (1950a), Bland & Rotheray (1999a), Disney (1978a), Gripekoven (1914a), Hering (1957a), Huber (1969a), Moller Pillot & Beuk (2002a), Robbins (1991a), Sønderup (1949a), Wesenberg-Lund (1943a).


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