Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
  Ground feeding insects

The following insects are not easily observed by the casual visitor. They are part of the myriad of fauna that emerge during low water to feed on springtails, copepods, protozoa and nematodes deposited by the receding tide. All are tiny, short-bodied insects (1-5 mm) which shelter under dead wood during high tide.

Pinochius sp.
Order Hemiptera
Family Schizopteridae
Size: 1 mm

Hebrus mangrovensis
Order Hemiptera
Family Hebridae
Size: 2 mm

?Nereivelia sp.
Order Hemiptera
Family Mesoveliidae
Size: 2 mm
There are three related genera but the diagnosis is currently incomplete

Saldoida arrnata
Order Hemiptera
Family Saldidae
Size: 5 mm
This rare bug has a distinctive spiny thorax and is found in extreme back mangroves

Berlara bella
Order Coleoptera
Family Pselaphidae
Size: 1.5 mm

Mangalobythus furcifer
Order Coleoptera
Family Pselaphidae
Size: 2.5 mm
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About Mangroves
in Singapore

Mangroves to visit
From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre