Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


~ Saldidae.

Marine Bug.

Salient features of adults. Terrestrial, or dwelling (skating) on the surface of water; littoral (living in the intertidal zone).

Predacious, or feeding on dead arthropods (?). Tiny; about 3 mm long; non-fliers; relatively stout bodied; not stilt-legged. Head linear. Rostrum clearly separated ventrally from the prosternum by a sclerotized gula; 3 segmented. Antennae longer than the head, readily visible from above; 4 segmented; non-aristate. Ocelli absent. Scutellum relatively small. Fore-wings conspicuous, but much shorter than the abdomen. Hind coxae mobile; hinged. Tarsi 3 segmented; two-clawed. Claws all apical. Pulvilli absent. The abdomen without ventral silvery pubescence.

A reddish brown bug, characterised by the concave margin of the reduced fore-wings.

Taxonomy. Suborder Heteroptera; Saldoidea.

British representation. 1 species in Britain (A. bonnairei); genera 1. Aepophilus, a monotypic of the Atlantic coasts of Europe, perhaps extending to Morocco.

Illustrations. • Aeophilus bonnairei (Southwood & Leston). • Aeophilus, with assorted other water bugs.

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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera. Version: 16th May 2016.’.