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Synonyms for backswimmer

predaceous aquatic insect that swims on its back and may inflict painful bites

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Physical gill efficiency and winter dormancy in the pigmy backswimmer, Neoplea striola (Hemiptera: Pleidae).
1992; Ravenscroft 1994; Moilanen & Hanski 1998; Bergman 1999) and backswimmers of the genus Notonecta (Briers & Warren 2000).
Pygmy backswimmers inhabit vegetation, primarily in permanent ponds but also in lake shallows, stream backwaters, and swamps (Hilsenhoff 1991).
Because their backs are shaped like the bottom of a sailboat, backswimmers move smoothly near the top of the water.
Examples of true bugs are giant water bugs and backswimmers.