Ground Beetles of Ireland

Agonum lugens

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

Agonum lugens (Duftschmid, 1812)

Description: A moderate-sized (8.5-10mm) dull black beetle with very flat elytral intervals living in sparsely vegetated muddy shorelines of lakes and rivers in the eastern part of the Burren. Unknown in Britain or elsewhere in Ireland.

World Distribution: A European Wide-temperate species (63) recorded from southern Fennoscandia to the Iberian Peninsula and east to the Caucasus, but not in Britain, Belgium or Holland.

Irish Status: Found repeatedly at Dromore Forest on the River Fergus, Clare (Anderson 1985), and apparently restricted to karstic limestone areas abutting the catchment of the Fergus in Clare. Owen (1997) has also taken the species (1993, 1996) at Lough Gash in south Clare. Unknown in Britain.

Ecology: A member of the turlough community in Clare but also found on silty shorelines of lakes and rivers in karstic areas.