Family Gelastocoridae - Toad Bugs

This page contains pictures and information about Toad Bugs in family Gelastocoridae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Toad Bug - Nerthra alaticollis

Body length 10mm
Toad bugs have the widen femur of front legs which make it a good swimmer. Toad bugs are predacious. They hop but cannot fly.
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We found this Toad bug when we taking dragonfly photos in Karawatha Forest at the edge of a lagoon on Feb 2008. The bug was just coming up from the muddy water and walking onshore. 
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We found this Toad Bug nymph on a dry creek bed on 2010. It was in Parkinson Parklands.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 488.
2. True Bugs - family Gelastocoridae -  (? Mononyx femoralis) lifeunseen.com, Insects and Spiders of Sunshine Coast,  by Nick Monaghan. 
3. Gelastocoridae - Australian Freshwater Invertebrates, Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre, 2008
4. THE GELASTOCORIDAE OF AUSTRALIA (Hemiptera) - By E. L. Todd, 1960

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