Ground Beetles of Ireland

Anisodactylus nemorivagus

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Anisodactylus nemorivagus
© Roy Anderson
Anisodactylus nemorivagus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Anisodactylus nemorivagus (Duftschmid, 1812)

Description: An 8-10mm long black, phytophagous ground beetle occurring on dry sandy heaths. Southern and very rare.

World Distribution: A European temperate species (73) distributed from Finland and Germany to the British Isles and south and east to Asia Minor and Iran.

Irish Status: In Britain confined to counties along the south coast , and therefore not a species that might have been anticipated in Ireland. Nevertheless, reported by Mendel (1993) from near Macroom, Cork.

Ecology: This is an inhabitant of sandy heaths in England but which has been recorded from upland sand or gravel Calluna heaths on the Continent. The single Irish site, a muddy reservoir shoreline near Macroom in Cork, seems atypical.