Weak or absent scutal tubercle.
Abdominal segments dark, but often pale on posterior margins.
Fore leg with moderate beard, BR 4-7. LR1 1.01-1.14 ; LR2 0.56-0.64; LR3 0.67-0.73. Sensilla chaetica: Leg2 21-46; Leg3 15-34
Segment TIX with 8-31 setae. Anal point relatively narrow; superior appendage of the D-type of Strenzke (1959); inferior volsella parallel over entire length
(unlike C. prior where they turn outward over the distal third) and slightly longer than the anal point and about to the midpoint of the gonostyle, which is relatively narrow and narrows only slightly over the posterior third.
Identification: The lower LR1 and the higher number of sensilla chaetica are useful for separating this species from C. prior.
Fourth instar larva a salinarius type. Very dark gular region, dark frontoclypeus, but rest of head paler. Ventral head length 351 (320-386) µm; head width 662 (629-717) µm. Head capsule larger and paler than that of C. prior.
Cytology: 4 polytene chromosomes with the thummi arm combination: AB, CD, EF, G.
Centromeres heterochromatinized. Nucleolus terminal on arm G and proximal on arm D. No polymorphism known.
tarA1: 1 - 2c, 10 - 12, 3 - 2d, 9 - 4, 13 - 19 i.e. as holomelas, cucini, magnus, etc.
tarB1: Differs from magB1 by small inversion about 1/3 from distal end.
tarC1: May be similar to neocoraxC1; inverted c.f. islandicus and cucini just distal to middle of arm.
tarD1: 1 - 3, 11 - 18d, 7 - 4, 10 - 8, 18e - 24 ie. as in longistylus, cucini, etc., other than for the nucleolus.
tarE1: 1 - 3e, 5 - 10b, 4 - 3f, 10 - 13 i.e. as cingulatus, staegeri,cucini, etc.
tarF1: 1 - 10, 17 - 11, 18 - 23 i.e. as in cucini, magnus, tenuistylus, etc.
tarG1: terminal nucleolus.
Found: Alaska - Pond S, Barrow; Loon Pond, Prudhoe Bay (Type locality).
Description of larva by Butler (1982) and cytology given by Wülker & Butler (1983).
This species is the sister species to C. prior.