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Aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera Wish List

There are very few genera from this group still missing from the guide. Some of these are rarely encountered. I’ve listed species names for all monotypics or for genera with a single North American representative. I’ve left a couple names off this list, notably the micronectine Tenagobia, which is thought to possibly occur in Florida. I figured it would be better to leave it off the list until its presence has been confirmed.

I have many of these taxa in my collection, but putting the names into a centralized list may yield better photos (i.e., photos from good photographers!) Additionally, several taxa are probably already in the guide under other names. As I get time, I will continue to peruse photos.

Hopefully, this thread will serve as a companion to the Coleoptera Wish List thread ( Names can be taken off this list as those taxa are included into the guide.

Added 1/23/2023: All genera of aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera have now been added to the guide.

I actually think I have photos of every missing species of Gerromorpha, Nepomorpha, and Leptopodomorpha with the exception of some Corixidae and some Saldidae. It will take quite a while to get to all those though

Oravelia, Husseyella and Neocorixa added

Macdunnoa persimplex
Hi Brady-

Have newly populated the guide with a photo of Ephemeroptera/Heptagennidae/Macdunnoa persimplex.


Got it, thanks.

All genera now present and accounted for.

Two more names off the list

Gerrids off the list

thanks man

Synaptonecta off the list


Got it, thanks.

A very nice addition.

Lipogomphus brevis (Champion)
Lipogomphus brevis (Champion) can be taken off the list.

Lipogomphus brevis

John Epler has allowed us to use this photo of Lipogomphus from his Florida bug manual (1).

Naucoridae off the list

Notonectidae off the list

Macrovelia added
Courtesy of Jerry Wilson

Metrobates off the list
Stephen Luk posted photos of adults here:

Rheumatobates off the list

Neogerris off the list
A number of photos were already in the guide under various names.

A photo of nymphs was already in the guide. See here:

Micronecta off the list

Patapius (Leptopodidae) off the list

Off the list. See here:

Saldids given shore leave
Saldid genera Calacanthia, Chiloxanthus, Ioscytus, Lampracanthia, and Macrosaldula all off the list thanks to Tim Loh. Thanks again, Tim.

Capsizing the water boatmen
Corisella, Cymatia, Dasycorixa, and Glaenocorixa all off the list thanks to Tim Loh. Halobates also off the list. Thanks, Tim!

Corixid and Saldid pics
We have a well-curated collection of corixids, gerrids, and saldids up here at UBC thanks to the efforts of G.G.E. Scudder, Karen Needham and the late Rex Kenner who have extensive experience in the aquatic groups. Time permitting,will try to find some of the above listed missing genera on my next trip there.

thanks much, Tim
during your visits, pls keep in mind also the master wish list of Heteroptera; there should be tons of nice stuff with G.G.E. Scudder's IDs in the UBC holdings...

could you please cross-link this list with the other list covering the aquatic orders?

this list will no doubt encourage contributions in this department -- and putting together a wish list for the rest of the heteropteran families. thanks, Brady.

And a little background info...
I’ve been watching BugGuide grow over the past several years. About six months ago, I took a longer look and realized how much it had grown. It’s become one of the top two websites I frequent. The aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera is a group in which I’ve had a deep and abiding interest. Making lists of invertebrates is something I do for both personal fun and work so when I realized how close the guide was to having complete generic coverage for the group, I wrote up this list.

And by the way, thanks to all of you here, for not only maintaining a website with cool bug photos, but for turning it into an invaluable research tool. I look forward to joining in on the work and the fun.

I recently discovered this site!
I agree it is awesome to be here! Thanks. ;)

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