Chapter 10. Biodiversity of Heteroptera

  1. Robert G. Foottit2 and
  2. Peter H. Adler3
  1. Thomas J. Henry

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch10

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

How to Cite

Henry, T. J. (2009) Biodiversity of Heteroptera, in Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society (eds R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Environmental Health National Program (Biodiversity), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, K. W. Neatby Bldg., 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6, Canada

  2. 3

    Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Box 340315, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315, USA

Author Information

  1. Systematic Entomology Laboratory, Plant Science Institute, Agriculture Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, c/o National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20013-7012, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405151429

Online ISBN: 9781444308211



  • biodiversity of Heteroptera;
  • Euheteroptera;
  • Gerridae - water striders or pond skaters;
  • Neoheteroptera - Nepomorpha water bugs belonging to infraorder include taxa previously placed in Hydrocorisae;
  • Notonectidae or back swimmers - group of elongate, medium-sized bugs ranging from 5 to 15 mm long;
  • Leptopodidae - generally elongateoval, fast-moving predatory bugs;
  • Microphysidae - small group of predatory bugs;
  • importance of Heteropteran biodiversity;
  • Leptopodomorpha, and most Cimicomorpha - beneficial in agricultural situations


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Overview of the Heteroptera

  • Euheteroptera

  • Neoheteroptera

  • Panheteroptera

  • The Importance of Heteropteran Biodiversity

  • Acknowledgments

  • References