Ground Beetles of Ireland

Agonum gracile

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Agonum gracile
© Roy Anderson
Agonum gracile
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Agonum gracile Sturm, 1824

Description: A small (6-7mm) slender black ground beetle living in fens, marshes and mesotrophic peatlands, particularly in Sphagnum pillows and dead leaf litter. Widespread.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Boreo-temperate species (55) found across Europe south to central France and east into Siberia as far as the River Amur.

Irish Status: Widespread but local; perhaps overlooked in some areas.

Ecology: A seemingly common inhabitant of fens and other well-vegetated wetlands, also occasionally in Sphagnum on blanket peat.