Ground Beetles of Ireland

Trichocellus placidus

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Trichocellus placidus
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Trichocellus placidus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Trichocellus placidus (Gyllenhal, 1827)

Description: 4-5.5mm long brownish black ground beetle living among reed and other litter of fens and lowland river banks. Widespread but local.

World Distribution: A Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate species (54) found across Europe from Fennoscandia south to Italy and east into the Caucasus, Asia Minor and western Siberia.

Irish Status: Widespread but local, mainly in the east and south, on lowland river margins and lakeshores.

Ecology: It has been recorded from fens, marshes and well-vegetated riverbanks and lakeshores in mesotrophic to eutrophic conditions.