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Species Hydrophilus ovatus

 Giant Water Scavenger Beetle - Hydrophilus ovatus Hydrophilidae - Hydrophilus ovatus Hydrophilidae ? - Hydrophilus ovatus Giant Water Scavenger Beetle - Hydrophilus ovatus Large Beetle - Hydrophilus ovatus Hydrophilus? - Hydrophilus ovatus Beetle - Hydrophilus ovatus Hydrophilus ? - Hydrophilus ovatus
Classification
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 Hydrophilinae
Tribe Hydrophilini
Genus Hydrophilus (Giant Water Scavenger Beetles)
Species ovatus (Hydrophilus ovatus)
Explanation of Names
Hydrophilus (Dibolocelus) ovatus (Gemminger & Harold 1868)
Size
30-35 mm(1)
Identification
prosternum bilobed (undivided in Hydrophilus s. str., where other NA spp. belong)(1); body broader and usually smaller than in H. triangularis
Range
e. NA (ON-MI to FL-TX) - Map (2)(3)
Season
Apr-Nov in SC(4)
Food
larvae feed on snails(1)
Remarks
the only member of the subgen. Dibolocelus in our area(1)
Print References
Archangelsky M., Durand M.E. (1992) Description of the preimaginal stages of Dibolocelus ovatus Gemminger and Harold 1868 (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Hydrophilinae). Aquat. Insects 14: 107-116.
Works Cited
1.The Water Beetles of Florida
Epler J.H. 2010. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Tallahassee. 414 pp.
2.Checklist of the Water Beetles of Florida.
Epler, J.H. 2010. Self-published on the Web.
3.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
4.Water Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2003. Clemson University.