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Species Aquarius remigis

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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 Gerromorpha (Semiaquatic Bugs)
Superfamily Gerroidea
Family Gerridae (Water Striders)
Subfamily Gerrinae
Genus Aquarius
Species remigis (Aquarius remigis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Gerris remigis
Explanation of Names
Aquarius remigis (Say 1832)
Latin 'rower'(1)
11.5-16 mm(2)
hind tibia at least 4 times length of first hind tarsal segment; connexival spines prominent; pronotum dull; first antennal segment subequal to combined length of antennal segments two and three; greatest width across mesoacetabula (middle leg "hip sockets") more than or equal to 0.25 times body length

adults almost always wingless(3)
throughout NA; the most common and widespread water strider of our fauna(Drake & Harris 1928); uncommon in FL(2)
on ponds and lakes in the west and on rivers and streams in the east(4)
Mosquito larvae and other insects.
See Also
A. conformis: antennomere 1 distinctly longer than antennomeres 2 & 3 combined; greatest width across mesoacetabula (middle "hip sockets") <0.25 times body length
Gerris: body <10.7 mm, connexival spines not prominent, hind tibia less than 3.3 times length of metatarsomere 1
Limnoporus: antennomere 1 <0.8 combined length of antennomeres 2 & 3
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.Identification manual for the aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera of Florida
Epler J.H. 2006. FL Dept. Env. Prot., Tallahassee, FL. 186 pp.
3.Insects: Their Natural History And Diversity: With a Photographic Guide to Insects of Eastern North America
Stephen A. Marshall. 2006. Firefly Books Ltd.
4.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.