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Water beetle - Hydrophilidae
Water beetle - Hydrophilidae


Water scavenger beetles
Water scavenger beetles (Hydrophilidae) is a family in the order beetles (Coleoptera), the infraorder Staphyliniformia and the superfamily Hydrophyloidea. From the 2300 species which exist worldwide, around 109 are found in Germany. Among these (as in those found in Germany) species are: Hydrous piceus, Hydrochara caraboides, Hydrobius fuscipes, Anacaena limbata, Helochares obscurus, Sphaeridium scarabaeoides and Cryptopleurum minutum.
Adult water scavenger beetles reach body lengths of 1 - 50 mm. The shape and colour of these insects varies widely. Their bodies can be round, oval, elongated or compact and their colouring black, brown, yellowish-brown, red, reddish-yellow to yellowish green and dark green. The colours are combined in a variety of ways and the surface of the body can be dull or shiny. The conical shaped antennae of these insects are striking and can have 6 - 9 segments depending on species. On the lower jaw and lower lip are palpi which can be longer than the antennae. Water scavenger beetles hold air under their wing covers (elytra).
The females possess special glands to produce fibres which they use to build cocoons under water. Air is kept in these cocoons for the larvae to breathe. Water scavenger beetles feed on plants and rotting substances. Their larvae mostly live predatorily at the bottom of water bodies. Water scavenger beetles are very useful because they purify the water.

Genera275
Species3.947
Common namesWater scavenger beetles, Water beetles, Water scawenger beetles
German namesWasserkäfer, Wasserfreunde, Kolbenwasserkäfer
Dutch namesSpinnende waterkevers
Danish namesVandkærer
Finnish namesVesiäiset, Varsinaiset vedensuosijat
Norwegian namesVannkjærer
Swedish namesPalpbaggar
AuthorLatreille, 1802
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Links and ReferencesHydrophilidae in bie.ala.org.au
Hydrophilidae in faunaeur.org
Hydrophilidae in itis.gov
Hydrophilidae in dyntaxa.se
Hydrophilidae in Wikipedia (English)

Further chapters of "Water scavenger beetles"
- Water Scavenger Beetle
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderColeoptera
Beetles, Coleopterans
SuborderPolyphaga
Polyphags
InfraorderStaphyliniformia
SuperfamilyHydrophiloidea
Hydriphiloids, Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles, Histerids, Hydrophilids
FamilyHydrophilidae
Water scavenger beetles, Water beetles, Water scawenger beetles
AuthorLatreille, 1802
 
Synonyms
Georissidae (Laporte, 1840)
Helophoridae (Leach, 1815)
Hydrochidae (Thomson, 1859)
Hydrophilii (Latreille, 1802)
Spercheidae (Erichson, 1837)
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