Ground Beetles of Ireland

Pogonus littoralis

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Pogonus littoralis
© Roy Anderson
Pogonus littoralis
W. W. Fowler
Pogonus littoralis
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Pogonus littoralis (Duftschmid, 1812)

Description: A small (7-8mm) metallic green or bronze ground beetle. Occurs in saltmarshes and estuaries, usually among rotting seaweed or under driftwood on the strandline. East coast only.

World Distribution: A coastal Mediterranean-Atlantic species (91) found along western and southern coasts in Europe from Germany and the British Isles south to the Iberian Peninsula and east to the Black Sea.

Irish Status: Recorded from a handful of estuaries on the coasts of Louth, Meath and Dublin (Johnson & Halbert, 1902). No recent reports.

Ecology: Habitat requirements appear very similar to those of Pogonus chalceus.