Ground Beetles of Ireland


Anthracus consputus

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Anthracus consputus
© Roy Anderson
Anthracus consputus
© Roy Anderson
Anthracus consputus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)
 

Anthracus consputus (Duftschmid, 1812)

Description: A 3.8-5mm long brown ground beetle found among grass and leaves in shady places at the margins of still water: In Ireland only on wooded turloughs in karstic limestone areas.
 

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Wide-temperate species (64), found across most of Europe except the extreme north and extreme south, east to Asia Minor, the Caucasus and western Siberia.
 

Irish Status: Added to the Irish List by Anderson (1981) from Garryland Wood in south-east Galway. Since found at Timoleague turlough nearby and at a small turlough near Mullaghmore, Clare within the Burren massif. Lott and Bilton (1991) also report its occurrence at Castleplunket Turlough, Roscommon. Rare in turlough margin habitats in the west midlands.
 

Ecology: A member of the turlough fauna occupying silty mud habitats, on wooded or scrubby limestone.