Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Checklist of Illinois Gerromorpha (Heteroptera)


Mesovelia mulsanti 5th instar nymph. Photo by Steve Taylor June 2006.


confirmed = Illinois specimens were collected or examined in museum collections
possible = may occur in Illinois because it is known from adjacent states but has not been recorded from Illinois
unconfirmed = previously reported from Illinois but not confirmed in the present study
questionable = unconfirmed Illinois record for which there is reason to doubt its validity
new = previously unreported from Illinois


Data are from:

Taylor, Steven J. 1996. Habitat preferences, species assemblages, and resource partitioning by Gerromorpha (Insecta: Heteroptera) in southern Illinois, with a faunal list and keys to species of the state. Ph.D. Dissertation in Zoology, Zoology Department, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois. xviii + 345 pp.



Family Gerridae Leach 1815

    Subfamily Gerrinae Leach 1815  
      Tribe Gerrini Leach 1815  
        Genus Aquarius (Schellenberg) 1800  
            Aquarius nebularis (Drake & Hottes) confirmed
            Aquarius remigis (Say) confirmed
            Aquarius conformis (Uhler) possible
        Genus Gerris Fabricius 1794
            Gerris alacris Hussey confirmed
            Gerris argenticollis Parshley confirmed
            Gerris buenoi Kirkaldy new
            Gerris comatus Drake and Hottes confirmed
            Gerris incurvatus Drake and Hottes questionable
            Gerris insperatus Drake and Hottes confirmed
            Gerris marginatus Say confirmed
        Genus Limnoporus Stål 1868
            Limnoporus canaliculatus (Say) confirmed
            Limnoporus dissortis (Drake and Harris) confirmed
            Limnoporus notabilis (Drake and Hottes) questionable
        Genus Neogerris Matsumura 1913
            Neogerris hesione (Kirkaldy) confirmed
    Subfamily Rhagadotarsinae Lundblad 1933
        Genus Rheumatobates Bergroth 1892
            Rheumatobates hungerfordi Wiley possible
            Rheumatobates palosi Blatchley confirmed
            Rheumatobates rileyi Bergroth unconfirmed
            Rheumatobates tenuipes Meinert confirmed
            Rheumatobates trulliger Bergroth possible
    Subfamily Trepobatinae Matsuda 1960
        Genus Metrobates Uhler 1871
            Metrobates hesperius Uhler confirmed
        Genus Trepobates Uhler 1883
            Trepobates inermis Esaki confirmed
            Trepobates knighti Drake and Harris confirmed
            Trepobates pictus (Herrich-Schaeffer) confirmed
            Trepobates subnitidus Esaki confirmed

Family Hebridae Amyot and Serville 1843

    Subfamily Hebrinae Amyot and Serville 1843
        Genus Hebrus Curtis 1833
            Hebrus beameri Porter possible
            Hebrus buenoi Drake and Harris unconfirmed
            Hebrus burmeisteri Lethierry and Severin unconfirmed
            Hebrus concinnus Uhler unconfirmed
            Hebrus sobrinus Uhler possible
            Hebrus tuckahoanus Drake and Chapman confirmed
        Genus Merragata White 1877
            Merragata brunnea Drake confirmed
            Merragata hebroides White confirmed

Family Hydrometridae Billberg 1820

    Subfamily Hydrometrinae Billberg 1820
        Genus Hydrometra Latreille 1796
            Hydrometra hungerfordi Torre-Bueno confirmed
             Hydrometra martini Kirkaldy confirmed

Family Mesoveliidae Douglas and Scott 1867

    Subfamily Mesoveliinae Douglas and Scott 1867
        Genus Mesovelia Mulsant and Rey 1852
            Mesovelia amoena Uhler new
            Mesovelia cryptophila Hungerford new
            Mesovelia mulsanti White confirmed

Family Veliidae Amyot and Serville 1843

    Subfamily Microveliinae China and Usinger 1949
      Tribe Microveliini China and Usinger 1949
        Genus Microvelia Westwood 1834
          Subgenus Kirkaldya Torre-Bueno 1910
            Microvelia americana (Uhler) confirmed
            Microvelia paludicola Champion possible
          Subgenus Microvelia Westwood 1834
            Microvelia albonotata Champion unconfirmed
            Microvelia austrina Torre-Bueno new
            Microvelia buenoi Drake confirmed
            Microvelia cerifera McKinstry possible
            Microvelia fontinalis Torre-Bueno confirmed
            Microvelia hinei Drake confirmed
            Microvelia pulchella Westwood confirmed
    Subfamily Rhagoveliinae China and Usinger 1949
        Genus Rhagovelia Mayr 1865
          Subgenus Rhagovelia Mayr 1865
            Rhagovelia knighti Drake and Harris new
            Rhagovelia obesa Uhler unconfirmed
            Rhagovelia oriander Parshley confirmed
            Rhagovelia rivale Torre-Bueno new
    Subfamily Veliinae Amyot and Serville 1843
        Genus Steinovelia Polhemus and Polhemus 1993
            Steinovelia stagnalis (Burmeister) new


Nymphs of Rhagovelia oriander. Photo by Steve Taylor June 2006.



This page is maintained by Steve Taylor. Please email with comments and corrections.
Created 2 February 2001, last modified 9 May 2011.

Illinois Natural History Survey

1816 South Oak Street, MC 652
Champaign, IL 61820

Terms of use. Email the Web Administrator with questions or comments.

© 2021 University of Illinois Board of Trustees. All rights reserved.
For permissions information, contact the Illinois Natural History Survey.

Staff Intranet