Ground Beetles of Ireland

Oxypselaphus obscurus

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Oxypselaphus obscurus
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Oxypselaphus obscurus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Oxypselaphus obscurus (Herbst, 1784)

Description: A small (5-6.5mm) reddish brown beetle with very narrow pronotum. Locally common in damp deciduous woods and densely vegetated marshes among reed and leaf litter and moss.

World Distribution: A circumpolar Wide-temperate species (66) found throughout Europe except the extreme north and the extreme south, east across Siberia and into northern N. America.

Irish Status: Patchily distributed but found throughout Ireland in suitable habitats. Mainly south-eastern in Britain (Luff, 1998).

Ecology: Very similar in ecology to Agonum assimile and like it recorded from wet woodland and carr along river valleys and lakeshores.