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Genus Rhagovelia

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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 Veliidae (Smaller Water Striders)
Genus Rhagovelia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Trochopus Carpenter 1898
Explanation of Names
Rhagovelia Mayr 1865
9 spp. in our area(1), 4 spp. in e. US(2), ~400 total(3)
very swift gliders that might be mistaken for flies skimming just above the water. It is not unusual to find more than one species at a collecting site(2); they have the most sophisticated mesotarsal arolium of all the striders(4)
Works Cited
1.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
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.Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
4.Evolution of the Insects
David Grimaldi and Michael S. Engel. 2005.