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Subspecies Limnogonus (Limnogonus) fossarum skusei (Torre-Bueno, 1926)




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

QLD—Ayr, Brisbane, Gordonvale, Stradbroke Is., Horn Islet, NSW—Pilbara, NT—Groote Eylandt, Darwin (new records), also Oriental Region—Indonesia east of Sumatra, Melanesia—Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Ils., Vanuatu, Polynesia—Cook Is., Samoa.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA: Arnhem Coast (ARC), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Darwin Coastal (DAC), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Wet Tropics (WT)

Ecological Descriptors

Aquatic, arthropod-feeder, lentic freshwater, lotic freshwater, predator, territorial.

Extra Ecological Information

In wet season marshes.


General References

Andersen, N.M. 1975. The Limnogonus and Neogerris of the Old World. Entomologica Scandinavica. Supplementum 7: 1-96 [36, figs, 54, 61-62, 71, 74-76, 86-89, 91-92] (description, extralimital distribution)

Andersen, N.M. & Weir, T.A. 2004. Australian Water Bugs. Their Biology and Identification (Hemiptera-Heteroptera, Gerromorpha & Nepomorpha). Entomonographen Denmark : Apollo Books Vol. 14 344 pp.

Dover, C. 1928. Notes on a collection of aquatic Rhynchota from the Buitenzorg Museum. Treubia 10: 65-72 [68] (description of Gerris fossarum)

Esaki, T. 1928. Aquatic and semi-aquatic Heteroptera. pp. 67–80 in, Insects of Samoa and other Samoan terrestrial Arthropoda. Part II. Hemiptera. Fasc. 2. London : William Clowes & Sons Ltd. [71, figs 2e, f] (as part of Limnogonus pacificus Eskai, 1928)

Hale, H.M. 1924. Aquatic Hemiptera from Groote Eylandt. Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 2: 521-522 [522] (description, distribution)

Hale, H.M. 1925. Results of Dr. E. Mjöberg's Swedish Scientific Expeditions to Australia 1910–1913. 44. The aquatic and semi-aquatic Hemiptera. Arkiv för Zoologi 17A(20): 1-19 [9] (description, habitus)

Hoffmann, W.E. 1930. A peculiar habit in the water-strider Rhagadotarsus kraepelini Breddin. Lingnan Science Journal 9: 321 (behaviour)

Hungerford, H.B. 1934. Concerning some aquatic and semiaquatic Hemiptera from Australia. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 29: 68-73 [70] (description, separate species)

Hungerford, H.B. & Matsuda, R. 1963. Aquatic and semiaquatic Hemiptera taken in Portuguese Timor by G.F. Gross of the South Australian Museum. Records of the South Australian Museum (Adelaide) 14: 471-472 [471] (description, distribution)

Kirkaldy, G.W. 1908. A catalogue of the Hemiptera of Fiji. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 33: 345-391 pl. IV [367] (description, distribution)

Lundblad, O. 1933. Zur Kenntnis der aquatilen und semiaquatilen Hemipteren von Sumatra, Java und Bali auf Grund des Materials der Deutschen Limnologischen Sunda-Expedition, nebst Revision einiger anderer, indoaustralischer Arten. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 12: 1-195, 263-489 [374, 382] (description)

Matsuda, R. 1960. Morphology, evolution and a classification of the Gerridae (Hemiptera-Heteroptera). University of Kansas Science Bulletin 41: 25-632 [198] (description)

Polhemus, J.T. & Herring, J.L. 1970. Ergebnisse der Österreichischen Neukaledonien Expedition. Aquatic and semiaquatic Hemiptera. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 72: 179-187 [180] (description, distribution)

Usinger, R.L. 1946. Hemiptera Heteroptera of Guam. pp. 11–103 in, Insects of Guam, II. Bull. Bernice P. Bishop Mus. 189. [94] (description, distribution)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
05-Dec-2012 05-Dec-2012 MODIFIED
15-Aug-2012 15-Aug-2012 MODIFIED
20-Oct-2010 06-Jun-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)