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Species Tropisternus lateralis

Hydrophilid - Tropisternus lateralis Tropisternus lateralis nimbatus (Say) - Tropisternus lateralis Hydrophilidae - Tropisternus lateralis Dark green water scavenger - Tropisternus lateralis Water Beetle - Tropisternus lateralis ? - Tropisternus lateralis Hydrophilidae - Tropisternus lateralis Dytiscidae? - Tropisternus lateralis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Hydrophilidae (Water Scavenger Beetles)
Subfamily Hydrophilinae
Tribe Hydrophilini
Genus Tropisternus
Species lateralis (Tropisternus lateralis)
Explanation of Names
Tropisternus lateralis (Fabricius 1775)
Size
7.5-10 mm(1)
Identification
Head, pronotum and elytra with yellow border (though the border can be quite narrow) (1)
Range
Canada (transcontinental) to S. America(2)(3)
Habitat
Common in brackish, temporary and permanent pools(4)
Food
predator/herbivore (Moorhead et al. 1998)
Print References
Moorhead D.L., Hall D.L., Willig M.R. (1998) Succession of macroinvertebrates in playas of the southern High Plains, USA. J. N. Amer. Benthol. Soc. 17(4): 430-442 (Abstract)
Internet References
Species page (Ziser 2008)(5)
Works Cited
1.The Water Beetles of Florida
Epler J.H. 2010. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Tallahassee. 414 pp.
2.Bousquet Y., ed. (1991) Checklist of the beetles of Canada and Alaska
3. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
4.Peterson Field Guides: Beetles
Richard E. White. 1983. Houghton Mifflin Company.
5.Ziser S.W. (2008-2012) The aquatic invertebrates of Texas