family Gerridae


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Related to family Gerridae: Water striders
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Noun1.family Gerridae - mojarras
fish family - any of various families of fish
order Perciformes, order Percomorphi, Perciformes, Percomorphi - one of the largest natural groups of fishes of both marine and fresh water: true perches; basses; tuna
mojarra - small silvery schooling fishes with protrusible mouths found in warm coastal waters
genus Gerres, Gerres - type genus of the Gerreidae
Eucinostomus, genus Eucinostomus - a genus of Gerreidae
2.family Gerridae - an arthropod family that includes water striders
arthropod family - any of the arthropods
pond-skater, water skater, water strider - long-legged bug that skims about on the surface of water
genus Gerris, Gerris - type genus of the Gerrididae
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New data is reported for the distribution of 18 species, of which two belong to the infraorder Nepomorpha: Corixidae: Heterocorixa and Notonectidae: Martarega', 16 belong to Gerromorpha: of which 12 belong to the family Gerridae: Metrobates, Tachygerris, Limnogonus (two species), Brachymetra, Neogerris, Potamobates, Trepobates (three species), Telmatometra, Rheumatobates', three belong to the family Veliidae: Rhagovelia, Microvelia (two species), and one to Mesoveliidae: Mesovelia.
Damgaard (2008b) found strong support for Gerridae, but the lack of diagnostic characters for the clade led him to question whether Haloveliinae and Microveliinae should be included as subfamilies in the already quite diverse family Gerridae. Several synapomorphies suggest this, such as the presence of a female fecundation pump (although the structure of the pump differs between clades), the two-segmented fore-tarsi (further reduced to one segment in Microveliinae), the middle and hind leg tarsi composed of primitive first and second segments, and the gynatrial complex with a fecundation canal.