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Keys for the identification of British Carabidae

The ground beetles are well represented in the British fauna with 362 species from 87 genera in the 2012 list edited by Duff.  Lindroth's keys from 1974 have been well used for nearly four decades and there have been changes made to the generic classification as well as some synonymy.  The illustrated key to genus includes the 87 genera in the checklist except the two genera of subfamily Cicindelinae are not separated and neither is Curtonotus separated from Amara. These are separated in the Cicindelinae key and the Amara key below.  The key to tribes may well be useful if you are collecting outside Britain.  It keys to the tribes given in the 2012 checklist.

As always if you find anything that is difficult or you feel could be easily improved, please let me know on mikesinsectkeysATgmail.com

If you are an avid collector of Carabidae, I would recommend that you purchase a copy of The Carabidae (ground Beetles) of Britain and Ireland (Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects) by Martin Luff (2007).  This contains a wealth of additional information and is available from Amazon for £17 or slightly more from Pemberley Books.  The notes by Martin Telfer at http://markgtelfer.co.uk/beetles/carabidae-ground-beetles/ include corrections and amendments to Luff's work and links to other key works.

A revised key for genus Amara (including the species of Curtonotus) is here.  This includes Amara majuscula which is a species recorded new to Britain in 2016  - Key to the UK species of Amara 
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