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Family Gelastocoridae - Toad Bugs

little jumoing bug - Gelastocoris oculatus Unknown to me - Gelastocoris oculatus Big-eyed toad Bug - Gelastocoris oculatus Big-Eyed Toad Bug - Gelastocoris oculatus Big-eyed Toad Bug - Gelastocoris oculatus Big-Eyed Toad Bug - Gelastocoris oculatus  - Gelastocoris oculatus Gelastocoris oculatus Very small near Freshwater Pond - Gelastocoris oculatus
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 Gelastocoridae (Toad Bugs)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in (1)
Explanation of Names
Gelastocoridae Kirkaldy 1897
8 spp. in 2 genera in our area(2) and ~130 spp. in 3 genera total(3)
6-11 mm
Key to genera adapted from(4)
Fore leg with 2 claws, tarsus separated from tibia; profemora not broadly triangular; pronotum at base of head as wide as eyes ... ... Gelastocoris
Fore leg with one claw (2 in nymphs), tarsus & tibia look fused; profemora broadly triangular; pronotum at base of head wider at front than eyes ... ... Nerthra
Primarily so. hemisphere(5); Nerthra has worldwide distribution, Gelastocoris is confined to the New World; in NA, one sp. occurs across the continent, others restricted to the south(4)
Gelastocoris usually found along the edges of streams/ponds/lakes; Nerthra often far from water(4)
Small arthropods
Works Cited
1.A taxonomic revision of the family Gelastocoridae (Hemiptera)
Todd E.L. 1955. U. Kans. Sci. Bull. 37: 277‒475.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
4.Identification manual for the aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera of Florida
Epler J.H. 2006. FL Dept. Env. Prot., Tallahassee, FL. 186 pp.
5.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.