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WELCOME TO THE WATER BUG SYSTEMATICS LAB! The -WBSL- is focused on all aspects of water bugs, worldwide. Research is centered on biosystematics, taxonomy, evolution, and ecology of aquatic true bugs.

Water bugs belong to the mega-diverse insect order Hemiptera-Heteroptera.  There are presently more than 40,000 described species of true bugs. Water bugs are divided into three infraorders: Nepomorpha, (aquatic bugs); Gerromorpha, (semiaquatic bugs); and Leptopodomorpha, (shore bugs). Currently, there are more than 4,600 described species of water bugs worldwide, and it was recently estimated that at least 30% of the world’s water bug fauna still remains unknown to science…

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