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Hygrobia hermanni HabitusDors.jpg
Hygrobia hermanni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Adephaga
Family: Hygrobiidae
Genus: Hygrobia
Latreille, 1804


Hygrobia is a genus of aquatic beetle native to Europe, North Africa, China and Australia. It is the only genus in the family Hygrobiidae, also known as the Paelobiidae.[1] These are known commonly as squeak beetles[2] and screech-beetles.[3]

There are six known living species: H. australasiae , H. davidi, H. hermanni, H. maculata, H. nigra, and H. wattsi, the latter having been described only in 2010.

One species is extinct: H. cretzschmari.


  1. ^ Nilsson, A. N. (2006). Which name is valid – Hygrobiidae or Paelobiidae? Latissimus 21 37-39.
  2. ^ Michat, M. C., et al. (2014). Description of the third instar of Hygrobia nigra (Clark, 1862) (Coleoptera: Paelobiidae), with a key for the identification of mature larvae of Hygrobia Latreille, 1804 and phylogenetic analysis. Zootaxa 3827(3) 318-30.
  3. ^ Watson, L. and M. J. Dallwitz. Hygrobia. British Insects: The Families of Coleoptera.

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