Ground Beetles of Ireland

Syntomus foveatus

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Syntomus foveatus
© Roy Anderson
Syntomus foveatus
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(Maps updated 30th November 2009)

Syntomus foveatus (Fourcroy, 1785)

Description: A small (3-4mm) bronze-black ground beetle of dry, sandy ground with sparse vegetation. Locally common on the south-east coast.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Southern-temperate species (85) found across Europe except the extreme north, east to the Caucasus and the River Amur in Siberia.

Irish Status: Entirely restricted to the southern coasts: Meath to Clare.

Ecology: Thermophilous on sandy soils near the coast where it may be common at the roots of vegetation and in litter in sparsely vegetated, dry areas.