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Genus Eretes

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Dytiscidae (Predaceous Diving Beetles)
Subfamily Dytiscinae
Genus Eretes
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Eretes Laporte 1833
Numbers
2 spp. in our area, 4 total(1)
Size
11-18 mm(1)
Identification
Adults:
metatarsomeres 1-4 bear a row of yellow setae
apex of prosternal process sharply pointed
apical (posterior) half of elytra with rows of short, stout spines along the lateral margins
key to spp. in(1); our spp. are only separable by genitalia
Range
Mainly tropical in distribution, on continents and oceanic islands; in the New World, so US to Peru and the Caribbean, also on the Galapagos Is.; strong fliers(1)(2), may appear far outside their normal range
Habitat
temporary, exposed, sun-warmed ponds
Works Cited
1.Revision of the genus Eretes Laporte, 1833 (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)
Miller, Kelly B. 2002. Aquatic Insects 24(4):247-272.
2.Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) of the Nearctic Region, with emphasis on the fauna of Canada and Alaska
D.J. Larson, Y. Alarie, and R.E. Roughley. 2001. NRC 43253.