Carabidae Checklist: Ground Beetles

9 April 2019

Ground beetles belong to the family Carabidae. Most are shiny or metallic, and have ridged elytra. Most carabids have a groove on their foreleg tibiae bearing a comb of hairs used for cleaning their antennae.

All photos are of live subjects shot in the field, with the dorsal view selected where available. Click on individual photos for larger views and views from other angles. As specimens were not collected, identifications were done purely based on photographs and may not be 100% accurate.

This page will be updated regularly, please let me know if you spot any mistakes.

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Class: Insecta Linnaeus, 1758

Order: Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758

Family: Carabidae Latreille, 1802

Subfamily: Carabinae Latreille, 1802

Tribe: Carabini Latreille, 1802

Rough violet ground beetle (Carabus problematicus) - P6175435

Netherlands: Carabus problematicus Herbst, 1786

Bronze ground beetle (Carabus nemoralis) - P6175446

Netherlands: Carabus nemoralis Muller, 1764

Subfamily: Cicindelinae Latreille, 1802

Subfamily: Dryptinae Latreille, 1796

Tribe: Dryptini Latreille, 1796

Ground beetle (Dendrocellus geniculatus) - P8152576

Singapore: Dendrocellus geniculatus (Klug, 1834)

Subfamily: Harpalinae Bonelli, 1810

Tribe: Ctenodactylini Laporte, 1834

Ground beetle (Calophaena sp.) - P6077977

Ecuador: Calophaena sp. P6077977

Ground beetle (Calophaena sp.) - P6143299

Ecuador: Calophaena sp. P6143299

Subfamily: Lebiinae Bonelli, 1810

Tribe: Lebiini Bonelli, 1810

Ground beetle (cf. Calleida sp.) - P7180402

Singapore: cf. Calleida sp.

Ground beetle (Catascopus facialis) - DSC_6197

Singapore: Catascopus facialis (Wiedemann, 1819)

Ground beetle (Catascopus sp.) - DSC_9728

Singapore: Catascopus sp.

Ground beetle (Coptodera marginata) - DSC_0791

Singapore: Coptodera marginata Dupuis, 1912

Ground beetle (Dolichoctis tetracolon) - P1303613

Singapore: Dolichoctis tetracolon Chaudoir, 1869

Ground beetle (Holcoderus gracilis) - P4107271

Singapore: Holcoderus gracilis (Oberthür, 1883)

Ground beetle (Pericalus sp.) - DSC_9765

Singapore: Pericalus depressus Andrewes, 1926

Ground beetle (Pericalus cf. figuratus) - DSC_4732

East Malaysia: Pericalus cf. figuratus Chaudoir, 1861

Ground beetle (Pericalus ornatus) - PB215459

Thailand: Pericalus ornatus Schmidt-Goebel, 1846

Ground Beetles (Pericalus quadrimaculata) - DSC_1981

Singapore: Pericalus quadrimaculatus (W.S.Macleay, 1825)

Ground Beetle (Pericalus quadrimaculatus) - DSC_1903

Singapore: Pericalus quadrimaculatus (W.S.Macleay, 1825)

Ground Beetle (Carabidae) - DSC_8530

Singapore: Physodera dejeani Eschscholtz, 1829

Ground beetle (Physodera eschscholtzii) - DSC_2900

Singapore: Physodera eschscholtzii Parry, 1849

Ground beetle (Coptodera sp.) - P3132366

Singapore: Coptodera sp.

Ground beetle (cf. Coptodera sp.) - DSC_6388

West Malaysia: cf. Coptodera sp.

Ground beetle (Serrimargo grouvellei) - DSC_3607

Singapore: Serrimargo grouvellei Bouchard, 1901

Ground beetle (Serrimargo sp.) - P4305778

Singapore: Serrimargo sp.

Subfamily: Licininae Bonelli, 1810

Tribe: Chlaeniini Bonelli, 1810

Ground beetle (Chlaenius rufifemoratus) - P8152623

Singapore: Chlaenius rufifemoratus Macleay, 1825

Ground beetle (Sphodromimus sp.) - PB193375

Thailand: Sphodromimus sp.

Subfamily: Orthogoniinae Schaum, 1857

Tribe: Orthogoniini Schaum, 1857

Ground Beetle (Orthogonius sp.) - DSC_4515

West Malaysia: Orthogonius sp.

Ground beetle (Orthogonius sp.) - P4164834

Singapore: Orthogonius sp.

Ground beetle (Orthogonius sp.) - DSC_3553

East Malaysia: Orthogonius sp.

Ground beetle (Orthogonius sp.) - DSC_7476

East Malaysia: Orthogonius sp.

Subfamily: Panagaeinae Bonelli, 1810

Tribe: Panagaeini Bonelli, 1810

Ground beetle (Craspedophorus hajeki) - P1232936

Singapore: Craspedophorus hajeki (Häckel & Kirschenhofer, 2014)

Subfamily: Paussinae Latreille, 1807

Tribe: Ozaenini Hope, 1838

Ground beetle (Pseudozaena orientalis) - P7312491

Singapore: Pseudozaena orientalis Klug, 1834

Unidentified Carabidae

Ground beetle (Carabidae) - P4305778

Singapore: Carabidae P4305778

Ground beetle (Carabidae) - DSC_8136

Singapore: Carabidae DSC_8136


Ground beetle larva (Carabidae) - DSC_1526

Singapore: Physodera eschscholtzii Parry, 1849


Ground Beetle (Carabidae) - DSC_7273

Singapore: Carabidae

Ground beetle (Carabidae) - DSC_8136

Singapore: Carabidae




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