Ground Beetles of Ireland

Platyderus depressus

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Platyderus depressus
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Platyderus depressus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Platyderus depressus (Audinet-Serville, 1821)

Description: 5.5-8mm long brown ground beetle living in short turf on sandy or chalky soils where it occurs among moss, under stones or leaf rosettes. Only a single Irish record.

World Distribution: A Suboceanic Southern-temperate species (82) found across western and southern Europe from the British Isles, into the Mediterranean and east to Asia Minor.

Irish Status: Its inclusion on the Irish List rests on the record of Halbert (1924) for Howth, near Dublin. There are specimens in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

Ecology: A thermophilic species at the northern limit of its range in the British Isles, and confined to warm, dry, open habitats in Ireland.