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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Adephaga

Familia: Noteridae
Subfamiliae (3): NoterinaeNotomicrinaePhreatodytinae
[source: Miller (2009)]
Overview of genera (17)

Canthydrus – Hydrocanthus – Hydrocoptus – Liocanthydrus – Mesonoterus – Neohydrocoptus – Noterus – Notomicrus – Phreatodytes – Prionohydrus – Pronoterus – Renotus – Speonoterus – Suphis – Suphisellus – Synchortus – Tonerus

Noteridae Thomson, 1857


Phreatodytidae Uéno, 1957


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Jäch, M.A.; Madl, M. 2009: Water beetles of Seychelles (Coleoptera). Pp. 11-35, plates 1-2 in: Gerlach, J. (ed.) The Coleoptera of the Seychelles Islands. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia-Moscow. ISBN 9789546424983
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Nilsson A.N. 2006: A World Catalogue of the Family Noteridae or the Burrowing Water Beetles (Coleoptera, Adephaga). Version 16.VII.2006
Australian Faunal Directory
Tree of Life Web Project. 1995. Noteridae. Version 01 January 1995 (temporary) in The Tree of Life Web Project
Atlas of beetles of the family Noteridae of Russia - project of E. Berlov

Vernacular names
dansk: Vandgravere
Deutsch: Uferfeuchtkäfer
English: Burrowing water beetle
français: Notéride
日本語: コツブゲンゴロウ科
русский: Нырялки
中文: 方胸龍蝨科

Noteridae is a family of adephagan water beetles closely related to the Dytiscidae, and formerly classified with them. They are mainly distinguished by the presence of a distinctive "noterid platform" underneath, in the form of a plate between the second and third pair of legs. The family consists of about 230 species in 14 genera, and is found worldwide, more commonly in the tropics. They are sometimes referred to as burrowing water beetles.

These beetles are relatively small, ranging from 1 to 6 mm, with smooth oval bodies ranging from light brown to a darker reddish brown. The head is short and somewhat covered by the prothorax.

Both adults and larvae are aquatic, and are commonly found around plants. They have a habit of burrowing through pond and marsh substrate, thus the common name, and are primarily carnivorous, with some scavenging observed.

Noteridae contains the following genera:

Canthydrus Sharp, 1882
Hydrocanthus Say, 1823
Mesonoterus Sharp, 1882
Neohydrocoptus Satô, 1972
Noterus Clairville, 1806
Notomicrus Sharp, 1882
Phreatodytes Uéno, 1957
Pronoterus Sharp, 1882
Renotus Guignot, 1936
Siolius J.Balfour-Browne, 1969
Speonoterus Spangler, 1996
Suphis Aubé, 1836
Suphisellus Crotch, 1873
Synchortus Sharp, 1882


Nilsson, Anders N. (2006). “A World Catalogue of the Family Noteridae, or the Burrowing Water Beetles (Coleoptera, Adephaga).” University of Umea, Sweden. Retrieved on 10 May 2012.
R. E. Roughley, "Noteridae", in Ross H. Arnett, Jr. and Michael C. Thomas, American Beetles (CRC Press, 2001), vol. 1

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