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Stenus is a genus of semiaquatic rove beetles in the subfamily Steninae. They are known for swimming by emitting pygidial gland secretions that reduce surface tension and allow them to move on the surface of water.[2]

Stenus biguttatus.jpg
Stenus biguttatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Staphylinidae
Subfamily: Steninae
Genus: Stenus[1]
Latreille, 1796



  1. ^ Bugguide Genus Stenus.
  2. ^ Bush, J. W. M.; David L. Hu (2006). "Walking on Water: Biolocomotion at the Interface" (PDF). Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech. 38 (1): 339–369. doi:10.1146/annurev.fluid.38.050304.092157. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 10, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Tang; Li (2013). "Discovery of Steninae from Ningxia, Northwest China (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae)". ZooKeys. 272: 1–20. doi:10.3897/zookeys.272.4389. PMC 3677394 . PMID 23794800.