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.

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Class: Insecta Linnaeus, 1758

Order: Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758

Family: Carabidae Latreille, 1802

Subfamily: Cicindelinae Latreille, 1802

Subfamily: Dryptinae Latreille, 1796

Tribe: Dryptini Latreille, 1796

Ground beetle (Drypta sp.) - P8152576

Singapore: Drypta sp.

Subfamily: Lebiinae Bonelli, 1810

Tribe: Lebiini Bonelli, 1810

Ground beetle (Carabidae) - DSC_8962

Singapore: cf. Calleida sp.

Ground Beetle (Catascopus dalbertisi) - DSC_1975

Singapore: Catascopus dalbertisi Straneo, 1943

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 (Pericalus sp.) - DSC_9765

Singapore: Pericalus depressus Andrewes, 1926

Ground beetle (Pericalus cf. figuratus) - DSC_4732

East Malaysia: Pericalus cf. figuratus Chaudoir, 1861

Ground Beetles (Pericalus sp.) - DSC_1981

Singapore: Pericalus sp.

Ground Beetle (Pericalus quadrimaculata) - DSC_1903

Singapore: Pericalus quadrimaculata 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 (Serrimargo guttiger) - DSC_3607

Singapore: Serrimargo guttiger (Schaum, 1860)

Ground beetle (cf. Coptodera sp.) - DSC_6388

West Malaysia: cf. Coptodera sp.

Subfamily: Licininae Bonelli, 1810

Tribe: Chlaeniini Bonelli, 1810

Ground beetle (Chlaenius rufifemoratus) - P8152623

Singapore: Chlaenius rufifemoratus Macleay, 1825

Subfamily: Orthogoniinae Schaum, 1857

Tribe: Orthogoniini Schaum, 1857

Ground Beetle (Orthogonius sp.) - DSC_4515

West Malaysia: Orthogonius sp.

Ground beetle (Orthogonius sp.) - DSC_7476

East Malaysia: Orthogonius sp.

Ground beetle (Orthogonius sp.) - DSC_3553

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 sp.) - P7312491

Singapore: Pseudozaena sp.


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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