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Species Hydrochus rugosus

Hydrochus rugosus Mulsant - Hydrochus rugosus
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 Hydrochinae
Genus Hydrochus
Species rugosus (Hydrochus rugosus)
Explanation of Names
Hydrochus rugosus Mulsant 1844
rugosus (L). 'wrinkled, folded' (1) (reference to the epicranial sulcus?)
4.8-6.1 mm (2) (The largest Hydrochus species in the Nearctic)
large size and distinct epicranial sulcus (groove) (1)
MA-FL, OK-TX / Cuba (3)(Foster 1972),(BG data); found throughout FL (2)
lentic species, also along margins of slow streams (Young 1954)
Print References
Foster, R.E. 1972. A survey of aquatic beetles in the city of Nacogdoches, Texas, and environs. M.S. Thesis, S.F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. 44 pp.
Young, F.N. 1954. The water beetles of Florida. University of Florida Studies,. Biological Science Series 5(1): ix + 238 pp.
Internet References
The Aquatic Invertebrates of Texas - Stephen W. Ziser, 2010
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.The Water Beetles of Florida
Epler J.H. 2010. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Tallahassee. 414 pp.
3. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.