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Aepophilus bonnairei Marine Bug
Family: Aepophiliidae

The only member of its family in the UK (although close to the Saldidae), this species is virtually unmistakable by virtue of its habitat. It is a virtually wingless bug with dense pubescence that inhabits the low intertidal zone, typically living within very narrow rock crevices. They breathe air trapped against the cuticel by the fine hairs, but their ecology is otherwise poorly known. They are believed to be predatory, perhaps feeding on various soft-bodied marine invertebrates.

Found around southwestern coasts of England, and much of Wales. It is probably highly under-recorded due to the difficulty of locating it.

Adult: All year; breeding may be irregular
Length 2.5-3.5 mm
Aepophilus bonnairei
Adult: Cornwall (May 2010) ©APHOTOMARINE

Aepophilus bonnairei

Adult: Cornwall (May 2010) ©APHOTOMARINE