Ranatra linearis

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Ranatra linearis
Water stick insect (Ranatra linearis).jpg
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Heteroptera
Family: Nepidae
Genus: Ranatra
Species: R. linearis
Binomial name
Ranatra linearis

Ranatra linearis is a species of aquatic bug in the Nepidae family.[1] It is native to Eurasia and North Africa, and primarily found near aquatic plants in ponds, marshes and other freshwater habitats, but has exceptionally been recorded from hypersaline lakes and brackish lagoons.[2] The body of these brown insects is typically 3–3.5 cm (1.2–1.4 in) long.[3] Their breathing tube tail is usually about as long as the body of the insect. They are swimming insects, and the adults can fly.[4]


  1. ^ Southwood, T. R. E. and D. Leston, (1959) Land and Water Bugs of the British Isles Frederick Warne & co.
  2. ^ Ye.V. Anufriyeva; N.V. Shadrin (2016). "First Record of Ranatra linearis (Hemiptera, Nepidae) in Hypersaline Water Bodies of the Crimea". Hydrobiological Journal. 52 (2): 56–61.
  3. ^ L. Watson; M.J. Dallwitz. "Nepidae". Insects of Britain and Ireland: the families of Hemiptera. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  4. ^ bumblebee.org