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Water Strider

A group of Water Striders standing on the surface tension of a waterbody
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Scientific Name: Limnogonus luctuosus

Size: Total Length 11 mm

What does it look like?

The Water Strider has a dark brown body with pale stripes, pale legs, rear two pairs of legs very long and slender. Adults have winged and wingless forms.

Where is it found?

North-eastern Australia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Polynesia.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Water Strider occurs in freshwater, from lakes and ponds to streams and hot springs. The modified rear legs are used to walk on water using surface tension. It is a predator, feeding on a range of small arthropods.

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