General Description

Long flat oval-shaped body. Front pair of legs bent and pincer-like. Long thin tube on the tip of the abdomen. Up to 5 mm long.


Water Scorpions extend the tube on their back out of the water to breathe air through it like a snorkel. They can ambush fast-swimming prey, such as small fish, catching them between their front legs and stabbing them with their pointed proboscis.


Mainland Australia.


Wetlands, ponds and slow-flowing freshwater areas.

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