Aquatic insects of Puerto Rico: a list of families

TitleAquatic insects of Puerto Rico: a list of families
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsGutierrez-Fonseca, PE, Rosas, KG, Ramírez, A
Accession NumberLUQ.1200
KeywordsAquatic insects, Greater Antilles, island, Puerto Rico, taxonomic richness

Studies on aquatic insects in Puerto Rico began early last century. Most taxa have been well documented; however, we lack informationon some taxa and there is no single document containing all the scattered information. These are major obstacles for the study of insectson the island. Here we reviewed data collected in published articles, graduate theses, university courses, environmental impact studies andreviewed material deposited in the Museum of Zoology at the University of Puerto Rico. The objective was to compile the first list of aquaticinsect families of Puerto Rico. Overall, 61 families belonging to seven insect orders were found. The best known orders were Ephemeroptera,Trichoptera and Odonata. The most diverse orders were Diptera, followed by Coleoptera and Hemiptera. Despite its small size, Puerto Ricois a diverse island compared to the remaining Greater Antilles. This study is the first attempt to develop a list with all information availableand contribute to advance our knowledge of aquatic insects. In addition, we hope to aid decision makers and encourage ecological andbiogeographical studies on aquatic ecosystems in Puerto Rico. 

Short TitleAquatic insects of Puerto Rico: a list of families