Ground Beetles of Ireland


Platynus livens

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Platynus livens
© Roy Anderson
Platynus livens
© Roy Anderson
Platynus livens
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)
 

Platynus livens (Gyllenhal, 1810)

Description: 7.5-10.5mm long brownish black, predatory ground beetle restricted to very wet woodlands and turloughs. Burren only.
 

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian temperate species (74) found over most of Europe east to western Siberia.
 

Irish Status: Added to the Irish List by Speight (1976a) from Garryland Wood in south-east Galway. Also known from a small turlough at Mullaghmore, The Burren, Clare (Anderson, 1997). Johnson & Halbert (1902) reported an unverified record for Glenarm in Antrim, but the geographical area and habitat are wrong for this species. Restricted to the south and east in Britain.
 

Ecology: Thermophilic in marshy deciduous forests and carr. In Ireland restricted to the Karstic limestone areas of Clare and Galway in the south-west where it is a member of the turlough fauna.