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Toad Bug

Gelastocoridae (toad bugs)


About 7 a 8 mm in size.Square build body. Front legs looking like kind off claws. Dark colored. Looks as for my opinion like kind off scavenger bug?


Found on the beach Cebu Island between the pebbles ashore the waterline. Was constant on the move.


The Gelastocoridae (toad bugs) is a family of about 100 species of insects in the suborder Heteroptera. They are reminiscent of toads both in the warty appearance and hopping movements of some species. Gelastocoridae are riparian insects, generally found at the margins of streams and ponds, where they are predators of small insects. Gelastocoridae catch their prey by leaping on top of them and grasping them with their modified front legs Members of the family are found throughout the world, but their highest diversity is in the tropics. Nymphs of many species cover themselves with a layer of sand grains. Apart from the no doubt considerable physical protection that the armour affords them, the layer of sand renders them effectively invisible on the ground unless they move at the wrong moment.

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Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago

No worries, great shots you got! The genus Nerthra is present in Asia, might be worth looking into in order to narrow down ID.

KitchilPus 6 years ago

Thanks a lott Mr Felix Fleck for the ID,found and updated.
Best regards.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 6 years ago

Looks like a Toad Bug, family Gelastocoridae.

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Ginatilan, Central Visayas, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 8, 2017
Submitted on Jul 10, 2017

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