Ground Beetles of Ireland

Dyschirius luedersi

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Dyschirius luedersi
© Roy Anderson
Dyschirius luedersi
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Dyschirius luedersi Wagner, 1915

Description: Small (3.5-4mm), brassy-black fossorial ground beetle of clayey river banks, marshes and saltmarshes.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate species (54) distributed across the whole of Europe, except the extreme south, to western Siberia.

Irish Status: Widespread but commoner in the south. Many old records of D. aeneus (Dejean) refer to this species (Speight et al., 1983). The latter is not an Irish species. Attains its furthest point north at Ann's Point in Strangford Lough, Down. Unlike most other Dyschirius, this is not confined to coastal habitats.

Ecology: Recorded about equally on the muddy banks of freshwater streams and in coastal saltmarshes.