Ground Beetles of Ireland

Perileptus areolatus

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Perileptus areolatus
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Perileptus areolatus
W. W. Fowler
Perileptus areolatus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Perileptus areolatus (Creutzer, 1799)

Description: Very small (2.5mm) dark brown ground beetle living among riverine shingle, often at depth within the shingle. Has a western distribution in the British Isles and rare in Ireland.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Southern-temperate species (84), scattered across Europe into west Siberia; also in the Mediterranean, north Africa and Asia Minor.

Irish Status: Only recorded from the extreme south-west, in Kerry and Cork (Speight et al., 1983).

Ecology: Stenotopic for gravelly/stony riverbanks, although it may occur at some distance from the water's edge (Lindroth, 1985). It is recorded from gravelly streambanks at its Cork and Kerry sites.