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Genus Halobates

Sea strider - Halobates Sea strider - Halobates Sea strider - Halobates Halobates sericeus (Eschs.) - Halobates sericeus - male shore bug - Halobates micans Gift from the wind - Halobates micans
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 Gerridae (Water Striders)
Genus Halobates
Explanation of Names
Halobates Eschscholtz 1822
2 spp. in NA waters, 42 worldwide(1)
The only true marine insects; can be found in the open ocean
our only representative of the subfamily Halobatinae
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.The Marine Insect Halobates (Heteroptera: Gerridae): Biology, Adaptations, Distribution, and Phylogeny
Nils Moller Andersen & Lanna Cheng. 2004. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review.