Saturday 7 September 2013

A new species of aquatic Beetle from the campus of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Hydraenid Beetles are a small Beetles (usually under 3 mm, though some species can reach 7 mm)  found in aquatic habitats around the world. The do not actually swim, but dwell in plant matter around streams, ponds and rivers. Their larvae are not aquatic, and drown easily. They have a fossil record reaching back to the Early Jurassic.

In a paper published in the journal ZooKeys on 5 September 2013, Hendrik Freitag of the Department of Biology at the School of Science & Engineering at Ateneo de Manila University describes a new species of Hydraenid Beetle discovered in a pond on the campus of Ateneo de Manila University during an exercise for undergraduate students.

The new species is placed in the genus Hydraena and given the specific name Hydraena ateneo, in honour of Ateneo de Manila University, which in addition to being the site of discovery, is celebrating the fiftieth year of its Department of Biology this year. Hydraena ateneo is a 1.25-1.33 mm brown aquatic Beetle.

Hydraena ateneo, male specimen. Scale bar is 1 mm. Freitag (2013).

The approximate location of Ateneo de Manila University. Google Maps.

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