Gerromorpha

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Gerromorpha
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Hygrotechuis conformis (Gerroidea: Gerridae) feeding on a drowned hymenopteran.
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Infraorder: Gerromorpha
Popov, 1971 [1]
Superfamilies

Gerroidea
Hebroidea
Hydrometroidea
Mesovelioidea

Gerromorpha is an infraorder of insects in the "true bug" order Hemiptera. These "typical" bugs (suborder Heteroptera) are commonly called semiaquatic bugs or shore-inhabiting bugs. The Ochteroidea of the true water strider(infraorder Nepomorpha, a far more advanced lineage[2]) are also found in shore habitat, while Gerromorpha are actually most often encountered running around on the water surface, being kept from sinking by surface tension and their water-repellent legs. Well-known members of the Gerromorpha are the namesake Gerridae (water striders).

Systematics[edit]

The 8 family families that are usually recognized are arranged in 4 superfamilies. The 2 small or monotypic ones of these are basal lineages, the two larger ones form a more advanced clade. The phylogenetic sequence of superfamilies and families of Gerromorpha is:[3]

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