Ground Beetles of Ireland

Syntomus truncatellus

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

Syntomus truncatellus (Linnaeus, 1761)

Description: A small (2.6-3.2mm) black ground beetle of bare firm sand or short turf in sandy places. Only on the coast near Dublin.

World Distribution: A Eurasian Wide-temperate species (65) found across Europe except the extreme north, east to the Caucasus and eastern Siberia.

Irish Status: Much rarer than S. foveatus and recorded historically only from sites in north Dublin (Portmarnock, Malahide). However, found commonly on Baltray Dunes at the mouth of the River Boyne (Co. Louth) by Anderson and Bryan in June 2014.

Ecology: A stenotopic sand-dune species found in similar habitats and niches as the previous species.