Water striders, water measurers, velvet water bugs, and water treaders
This tree diagram shows the relationships between several groups of organisms.
The root of the current tree connects the organisms featured in this tree to their containing group and the rest of the Tree of Life. The basal branching point in the tree represents the ancestor of the other groups in the tree. This ancestor diversified over time into several descendent subgroups, which are represented as internal nodes and terminal taxa to the right.
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Damgaard, J., N. M. Andersen, and R. Meier. 2005. Combining molecular and morphological analyses of water strider phylogeny (Hemiptera-Heteroptera, Gerromorpha): effects of alignment and taxon sampling. Systematic Entomology 30(2):289-309.
Spence, J. R. and N. M. Andersen. 1994. Biology of water striders - interactions between systematics and ecology. Annual Review of Entomolgy 39:101-128.
Information on the Internet
- Checklist of South African Water Bugs
- Robot Helps Show That Water Striders "Row" on Water (NationalGeographic.com)
- Robostrider, the Robotic Gerrid from MIT (with fantastic pictures)
- Checklist of Illinois Gerromorpha
- 3-D Model of a Water Strider
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Tree of Life Web Project. 1995. Gerromorpha. Water striders, water measurers, velvet water bugs, and water treaders. Version 01 January 1995 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/Gerromorpha/10811/1995.01.01 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/