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Family Ochteridae - Velvety Shore Bugs

Velvety Shore Bug - Ochterus americanus Velvety Shore Bug - Ochterus True bug under wood close to water - Ochterus Velvety Shore Bug - Ochterus Velvety Shore Bug - Ochterus americanus Ochterus banksi? - Ochterus banksi - female Ochterus americanus Ochterus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hemiptera (True Bugs, Cicadas, Hoppers, Aphids and Allies)
Suborder Heteroptera (True Bugs)
Infraorder Nepomorpha (Aquatic Bugs)
Superfamily Ochteroidea
Family Ochteridae (Velvety Shore Bugs)
Numbers
small family, with 6 spp. in a single genus in our area(1) and ~70 spp. in 3 genera total(2)
Size
4-5 mm(1)
Identification
forelegs nonraptorial(2); can jump(3)
Range
much of the US(1)
Habitat
damp areas along ponds/lakes/streams(2)
Food
small invertebrates(2)
See Also
Saldidae are similar in shape, coloration, ability to jump, and habitat preferences
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Biodiversity of the Heteroptera
Henry T.J. 2009. In: Foottit R.G., Adler P.H., eds. Insect biodiversity: Science and society. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell: 223-263.
3.Identification manual for the aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera of Florida
Epler J.H. 2006. FL Dept. Env. Prot., Tallahassee, FL. 186 pp.