Carabidae (Ground Beetles)

The Carabids are the largest family of beetles.  Many are shiny black, but some are brightly coloured and can become targets of collectors (Tasmanian species are all protected). Most are carnivorous.  They mainly live on the ground, but also on trees, under bark or wetlands.  Some adult Carabids can defend themselves with chemicals, spraying it at predators or making themselves smell too much to be palatable.  

Subfamily Agoninae

Genus Laemostenus

Subfamily Broscinae

Genus Promecoderus

Subfamily Bembidiinae

Genus Bembidion

Subfamily Cicindelidae (Tiger Beetles)

Genus Myriochila

Subfamily Cyclosominae

Genus Sarothrocrepis

Subfamily Harpalinae

Genus Hypharpax

Subfamily Lebiinae

Genus Demetrida

Genus Trigonothops

Genus Anomotarus

Pending ID - Lebiinae

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Subfamily Licininae

Genus Dichrochile

Subfamily Pentagonicinae

Genus Homethes

Genus Scopodes

Subfamily Pterostichinae

Genus Pseudoceneus

Genus Catadromus

Subfamily Pseudomorphinae

Genus Adelotopus

Genus Silphomorpha

Subfamily Psydrinae

Genus Mecyclothorax

Subfamily Scaritinae

Genus Scaraphites
Genus Clivina

Pending ID

Pending ID - Carabidae


Darlington, P. J. 1956. Australian carabid beetles III. Notes of the Agonini. Psyche 63: 1-10.

Grove, S. J. 2010. Tasmanian Forest Insect Collection web-site. No longer available. Last accessed: 2 May 2012.

Hangay, G. & Zborowski, P. 2010. A Guide to the Beetles of Australia. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.

Lawrence, J. & Britton, E. 1994. Australian Beetles. Melbourne University Press, Carlton.

Matthews, E.G. 1980. A guide to the genera of Beetles of South Australia. Part 1 Archostemata and Adephaga. Special Educational Bulletin Series, South Australian Museum, Adelaide.

Semmens, T. D., McQuillan, P. B., & Hayhurst G. 1992. Catalogue of the Insects of Tasmania. Department of Primary Industry Tasmania.

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