Hydrophilus piceus

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Hydrophilus piceus
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Hydrophilus piceus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Hydrophilidae
Genus: Hydrophilus
Species: H. piceus
Binomial name
Hydrophilus piceus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Synonyms[1]
  • Hydrophilus angustior Rey, 1885
  • Hydrophilus niger Eichler, 1876
  • Hydrophilus ruficornis De Geer, 1774
  • Hydrophilus viridicollis Redtenbacher, 1844
  • Hydrous piceus Linnaeus
  • Hydrous turkestanus Kuwert, 1893
  • Stethoxus plicifer Bedel, 1891

Hydrophilus piceus, common name Great Silver Water Beetle, is a species of water scavenger beetles belonging to the Hydrophilidae family.

Description[edit]

Hydrophilus piceus is one of the larger water beetles, reaching a length of about 40 millimetres (1.6 in). The body is completely black, with red antennae. These beetles have needle-sharp spurs on their tibia. The adults are mainly vegetarian, while the larvae are carnivorous feding on tadpoles and snails.

Distribution[edit]

This species is present in most of Europe, in the East Palearctic ecozone and in the Near East. It is doubtful on Balearic Islands.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hydrophilus piceus Linnaeus, 1758". Biolib.cz. Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hydrophilus (Hydrophilus) piceus (Linnaeus, 1758)". 2.5. Fauna Europaea. July 23, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 

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