Ground Beetles of Ireland

Clivina fossor

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Clivina fossor
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Clivina fossor
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Clivina fossor (Linnaeus, 1758)

Description: A small (5.5-6.5mm), black ground beetle with fossorial habits, found commonly under stones, among litter and in grass tussocks on all types of open ground. It has the thorax divided from the abdomen by a waist and the forelegs are modified for digging as in the related Dyschirius species.

World Distribution: A common Eurasian Boreo-temperate species (55) found across the whole of Europe and Siberia to Kamchatka, and introduced to North America.

Irish Status: Widely distributed and common in Ireland.

Ecology: A widespread species of arable cultivation preferring open, loamy habitats, but also common in hedge banks and riparian habitats. There are records for several hill and mountain summits where it occurs on well-drained peaty or gravelly soils to about 800m altitude.