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Micronecta scholtzi

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Hemiptera
Genus  Micronecta
Higher classification  Micronecta
Phylum  Arthropoda
Family  Micronectidae
Scientific name  Micronecta scholtzi
Rank  Species
Micronecta scholtzi BBC Nature 39Singing penis39 sets noise record for water insect
Similar  Micronecta, Insect, Corixidae, Lesser water boa, True bugs

Canto di micronecta scholtzi nelle valli mirandolesi 13 marzo 2016


Micronecta scholtzi is a species of lesser water boatman in the family Micronectidae in the order Hemiptera. They are some 2 mm long and are common in freshwater ponds and lakes across Europe, preferring stagnant to moderately moving water. In Central Europe, the genus Micronecta is represented by five species, as follows:

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  • Micronecta (Dichaetonecta) pusilla (Géza Horváth, 1895)
  • Micronecta (Dichaetonecta) scholtzi (Fieber, 1860)
  • Micronecta (Micronecta) griseola Géza Horváth, 1899
  • Micronecta (Micronecta) minutissima (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Micronecta (Micronecta) poweri (Douglas & Scott, 1869)

  • Micronecta scholtzi The loudest animal in the world Weird Hut

    M. scholtzi is easily differentiated from other species in this genus by the twisted left paramere of the male genitalia, (see traumatic insemination) the short pronotum and a distinctive dark pattern on the head. Little is known of its habits and habitat, but it is thought to flourish in the shallows of ponds or lake shores.

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    A team of biologists and sound engineers from France and Scotland have recorded M. scholtzi producing sound up to 99.2 decibels, a volume comparable to a passing freight train classified by Guinness World Records as the loudest penis. The noise was so unexpectedly loud that the engineers checked the calibration of their instruments. The male of this species produces its underwater courtship song by stridulating a ridge on its penis across corrugations on its abdomen, the area involved measuring only 50 micrometres across, or about the thickness of a human hair. Almost all volume is lost when sound moves from water to air, but even so remains audible to humans walking along the pond shore. For its size this species is considered the loudest of all animals. Despite knowing the mechanism of its sound production, researchers are still mystified by the volume produced and feel that once the process is understood, it could open up a useful avenue in ultrasonics.

    Micronecta scholtzi the Lesser Boatman Micronecta

    Not many insects are known to generate sound with reproductive organs, but there is another, the pyralid moth, Syntonarcha iriastis, which emits ultrasonic squeaks.

    Micronecta scholtzi the Lesser Boatman Micronecta

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    References

    Micronecta scholtzi Wikipedia


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