What Bug Is That? The guide to Australian insect families.

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The intertidal dwarf bugs resemble beetles, having their wings hardened and meeting down the midline of their body.

Omaniids prey on small organisms that they locate in the intertidal zone. During high tide they retreat to fissures in the coral using a trapped air bubble to supply themselves with oxygen. Unlike the Hermatobatidae they do not move on the surface of the water, preferring instead to clamber over the rock and coral at low tide.


A single species, Corallocoris marksae, is recorded from the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Omaniidae (Heteroptera)