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Genus Ranatra

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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 Nepomorpha (Aquatic Bugs)
Superfamily Nepoidea
Family Nepidae (Waterscorpions)
Genus Ranatra
Explanation of Names
Ranatra Fabricius 1790
10 spp. in our area(1), 140 total(2)
Long and slender relative to the other nearctic nepids(1)
key to spp. in (3)
much of the world and NA(4); in our area, R. fusca is transcontinental in Canada and most of the US, 2 more spp. are widespread in e. US into so. ON; the remaining spp are southern(5)(6)
our only representative of the subfamily Ranatrinae Douglas & Scott 1865 that contains 3 more genera restricted to tropical Asia and/or Australasia(2)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
3.Nepidae (Hemiptera) of the United States and Canada
Sites, R. W., and J. T. Polhemus. 1994. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 87(1):27-42.
4.True Bugs of the World (Hemiptera:Heteroptera): Classification and Natural History
Randall T. Schuh & James Alexander Slater. 1995. 1995. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York.
5.How to Know the True Bugs
Slater, James A., and Baranowski, Richard M. 1978. Wm. C. Brown Company.
6.Checklist of the Hemiptera of Canada and Alaska
Maw, H.E.L., R.G. Foottit, K.G.A. Hamilton and G.G.E. Scudder. 2000. NRC Research Press.