Ground Beetles of Ireland

Dyschirius globosus

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Dyschirius globosus
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Dyschirius globosus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Dyschirius globosus (Herbst, 1784)

Description: A small (2-3mm) shiny-black fossorial ground beetle found on most types of moist ground, particularly bare peat and mud.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Wide-temperate species (65) found across the whole of Europe to eastern Siberia.

Irish Status: Widely distributed and common across Ireland.

Ecology: Moderately eurytopic and not restricted to riparian habitats nor dependent upon members of the staphylinid genus Bledius as items of prey, which makes it unique among Irish Dyschirius. Most records are for open, well-drained riparian habitats but it has also been taken on the seashore and on clayey pasture inland. Occasionally recorded from peat on the drier parts of heather moors.