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Underwater Critter

Observed: 10th April 2011 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates
IMG_8834_Underwater_critter
Description:

Scooting around amongst the myriad Caddisfly larvae, I spotted a few of these beautifully marked "submerged bugs" (Chinery's phrase). It has a wonderful set of oars but it's no Water Boatman, methinks. Doesn't seem to be upside down, for a start.
I'd say these guys were <1cm. Chinery has Sigara striata which I think is out of bounds but he says "there are several similar species in Britain". It certainly looks well striated.
Anyone know these characters?

Identifications
  • Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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    Likely ID
    Lesser water boatman (Corixidae sp)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
    ID agreements (): 4 People
    • Martin Harvey
      Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
      Invertebrates expert
    • rimo
      Bumblebee Conservation TrustUK Ladybird Survey
      Invertebrates expert
    • Brian Cambridgeshire
      The Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs and Northants
      Invertebrates expert
    • dejayM
      Biological Recording In ScotlandHighland Biological Recording GroupOrkney Biodiversity Records Centre
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Species interactions

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Comments

jccurd's picture

Appreciate the Help

Thanks for the id. I'm used to not being able to get to species level w/o minute examination (usually of the genitalia - poor creature) but it's good to know that this lovely character is a lesser water boatman.

John