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Nepa cinerea (Water Scorpion)

Wikipedia Abstract

Nepa cinerea is a species of water scorpion (Nepidae), found in Central Europe and the British Isles. It lives in ponds and stagnant water and feeds upon aquatic animals, especially insects. Respiration in the adult is effected by means of the caudal process, which consists of a pair of half-tubes capable of being locked together to form a siphon by means of which air is conducted to the tracheae at the apex of the abdomen when the tip of the tube is thrust above the surface of the water. In immature forms the siphon is undeveloped and breathing takes place through six pairs of abdominal spiracles. The eggs, laid in the stems of plants, are supplied with seven filamentous processes which float freely in the water.
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Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Central & Western Europe Austria, Belgium, Byelarus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom Palearctic Temperate Floodplain River and Wetlands    

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Prey / Diet

Bufo bufo (Common European toad)[1]
Ichthyosaura alpestris (Alpine Newt)[1]
Lissotriton helveticus (Palmate Newt)[1]
Ochlerotatus punctor <Unverified Name>[1]
Rana temporaria (European frog)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap


Africa; Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China);

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1Ecology of Commanster
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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