Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic Insects: Hemiptera - by Charles W. Heckman

By Charles W. Heckman

Hemiptera - Heteroptera encompasses the 3 well-defined suborders of the real insects that are tailored to an aquatic or littoral habitat. The e-book starts off with a piece at the biology those bugs and offers illustrations of the fundamental beneficial properties in their morphology and descriptions the larval improvement. short outlines of the ecological and zoogeographical peculiarities of the 3 aquatic suborders are offered separately, and numerous equipment for watching, amassing, maintaining, rearing, and interpreting specimens are discussed.

Most of the booklet is dedicated to keys for the identity of adults to species, and notes are only if can assist realize the recognized larvae. not like so much different aquatic bugs, the larval instars of the heteropteran species heavily resemble the adults of their morphology, most well-liked habitats, and feeding conduct. hence, distinguishing positive aspects of these fairly few larvae that have been defined intimately tend to be pointed out within the keys to the adults instead of being integrated in separate keys. as well as crucial beneficial properties for picking the person species, many keys comprise extra notes at the morphology, that's meant to offer the consumer a greater likelihood of spotting specimens of species no longer but identified to technology. After the at present famous identify of every species, the recognized diversity is supplied. areas of the realm open air of South the USA, South American nations, and the states of Brazil from which the species has been suggested are indexed. Following the variety info, significant synonyms formerly used for the species within the literature are supplied. If subspecies were defined and are nonetheless famous as such, also they are mentioned. eventually, if the prestige of the species is thought of as doubtful due to a bad description, powerful resemblance to a different species, or the other cause, a notice is additional specified examine might be essential to make clear the prestige of the taxon. Taxonomic revisions within the booklet itself are strictly avoided.

To give you the consumer of the keys with greatest information in making trustworthy identifications, the publication is richly illustrated with pen and ink drawings of millions of person morphological buildings prepared in 820 figures. The publication is meant to make an important influence towards popularizing the learn of South American water insects through assembling and condensing the knowledge in 1000's of person courses at the team, which seemed in lots of books and journals released in lots of assorted nations over the last 2 hundred years. a few of these works are very tricky to procure in South the US, and their lack creates critical impediments to systematic, ecological, and zoogeographical examine. within the greater than 730 titles showing within the bibliography, the unique descriptions and revisions of virtually all South American species might be found.

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6 mm long, in dorsal view; outline of head and pronotum; claw on the fore-leg; and (below, left to right): head and thorax in lateral view, hemielytron; apex of the clypeus. The species belongs to the Schizoporidae, a family of the Dipsocoromorpha. Based on Wygodzinsky (1947). 5. (4) In all but the family Stemmocryptidae, the two basal segments of the antennae are short and subequal in length, and the terminal segments are long and narrow and bear setae much longer than the diameter of the segments.

The South American leptopodomorph fauna encompasses members of only two families. The known fauna includes only one species in the family Leptopodidae, which has only been found once in South America and a second time in a seaport among vegetable material imported from Colombia. All other known South American species in this group belong to the family Saldidae. One additional saldid is known only from the Galapagos Islands. Fig. 23 Saldula pallipes: head in dorsal (upper left) and anterolateral view (upper left center), the visible abdominal segments of a male in ventral view (upper right), habitus in dorsal view (lower left), and ventral view of a female (lower right).

25 Fig. 14 The general morphological features of Nerthra ranina, a member of the Gelastocoridae, a family belonging to Nepomorpha. The legs are shown only in ventral view on the left side of the insect. Based on Todd (1955). Except for differences related to the various degrees of wing development, the general morphology of the water bugs usually remains relatively uniform within the individual families (Fig. 14). Usually, the general shape of the body and modifications facilitating the particular mode of life, such as the presence of a siphon for breathing underwater or modifications of the tarsi for life on the surface tension layer, characterize the members of the individual families.

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