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.
Direct genus links A-Z
Adelotopus Anomotarus Bembidion Catadromus Cicindela Clivina Demetrida Dicrochile Homethes Hypharpax Laemostenus Mecyclothorax Promecoderus Pseudoceneus Sarothrocrepis Scaraphites Scopodes Simodontus Sphallomorpha Trigonothops
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Comprised of a single Australian species within the genus.
Pending ID – Harpalinae
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