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water boatman:

see water bugwater bug,
name for a large number of water-living bugs, comprising several families of the order Hemiptera (true bugs). All have jointed, sharp, sucking beaks, breathe air, and undergo gradual metamorphosis (see insect).
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In this report, the authors investigated the water-dwelling water boatman, which belongs to the Corixidae family of the order Hemiptera, suborder Heteroptera.
It's easy to see where the water boatman gets its name, given its broad oval body and rowing legs.
Lesser water boatman, 3mm long, holds a bubble of air on its back,
For instance, water boatman bugs can live in low-oxygen water, but stonefly larvae need plenty of oxygen.
Castara Beach managed a lone fourth place from five starts, but her sister Hill Hopper won four times, including the Group 3 Criterion Stakes, while half-brother Water Boatman was a Group 1 winner in Australia.
The other hemipteran, an unidentified water boatman (Corixidae), was represented by 15 adults and 42 numphs; some specimens were slightly decayed.