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Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Hemiptera
Family Ochteridae
Common Name Velvet shore bug
Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Front legs not raptorial (grasping)
  • Long rostrum that reaches at least to the hind coxae
  • Tips of antennae usually visable from above
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Merritt, R W., K W. Cummins, and M B. Berg. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Company, 2008.

"Family Ochteridae – Velvety shore bugs." Bugguide.Net. 8 January 2008. Iowa State University Entomology. 16 May 2008 <http://bugguide.net/node/view/164591>.