An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Gerris lacustris (Linnaeus, 1758) - Common Pond Skater or Water Strider
Common Pond Skater
Gerris lacustris
- skating across rockpool 1

Common Pond Skater
Gerris lacustris
- skating across rockpool 2

This species is not a true marine animal at all, but may be found where there is a source of water such as a stream or river close to the shore, the species being washed out of the stream or river by heavy rainfall etc..

Specimen above found skating across a rockpool on the lowershore some distance away from a local stream at Chimney Rocks, Penzance, Cornwall. 07.04.11.

Gerris lacustris Common pond skater or Water Strider heteroptera arthropod images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.