Mesovelia mulsanti White, 1879

Rodrigues, Juliana Mourão Dos Santos, Crumière, Antonin Jean Johan, Mondragón-F, Silvia Patricia, Morales, Irina, Khila, Abderrahman & Moreira, Felipe Ferraz Figueiredo, 2021, Description of a new species and new records of Gerromorpha (Insecta: Hemiptera Heteroptera) from Panama and Colombia, Zootaxa 4958 (1), pp. 226-251: 234

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Mesovelia mulsanti White, 1879


Mesovelia mulsanti White, 1879  

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New records. PANAMA • 4 apterous males, 4 apterous females; Colón, Gamboa, Río Chagres ; 9.13219° N, - 79.69418° W; 8 May 2015; A.J.J. Crumière leg.; CEIOC 79921 GoogleMaps   . • 6 apterous males, 10 apterous females; Colón, Gamboa , artificial pool; 9.12086° N, - 79.70374° W; 9 May 2015; A.J.J. Crumière leg.; CEIOC 79919 GoogleMaps   .

Remarks. This is the most common and widespread species of the genus in the Americas, ranging from Canada to Argentina, besides having been introduced in the Hawaiian Islands ( Damgaard et al. 2012). There is only one previous record from Panama ( Champion 1898), from near Panama City. The record above is the first from Colón Province. Río Chagres is a large river, where the mesoveliids were collected moving on top of hydrophytes with large leaves that almost totally covered the surface of the water in the sampled area. The artificial pool where Mes. mulsanti   was collected had a fair diversity of semiaquatic bugs. In addition to this species, Lipogomphus leucostictus   , Platyvelia brachialis   , Microvelia fantastika   , Mi. mimula   and Limnogonus hyalinus   have been collected in the same habitat. The pool occupies about 40 m 2 under some trees, and was massively covered by hydrophytes with minute leaves, with almost no open water.