Ground Beetle

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Ground Beetle

Unknown sp.


Females deposit 30-600 eggs into the soil. Undergoes complete metamorphosis meaning that there are four distinct stages in the lifecycle. Most are nocturnal.


Details Description
Type
Invertebrate
Group
Insect - Beetle
Identifying Characteristics

Ranges in size from 1-60 mm in length. All have long legs and prominent jaws. Many are flightless. Most are shiny black or metallic in colour.

Distinctive Markings

Flattened body shape and ridged forewings.

Diet

Carnivore. Predatory, feeding on small invertebrates including insects, slaters and worms.

Habitat

Terrestrial habitats, found under the bark of trees, amongst foliage, under rocks and fallen logs, in crevices in the ground and around the edges of waterways.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Taxonomy
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Coleoptera
Family
Carabidae
Genus
Unknown
Species
sp.
Occurs throughout Australia.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.