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Anthracus consputus (Duftschmid, 1812)

  • Carabus consputus Duftschmid, 1812
  • Acupalpus consputus (Duftschmid, 1812)
  • Acupalpus melanocephalus Dejean, 1829
  • Acupalpus cordicollis Chaudoir, 1846
Vernacular Name

Conservation status
No status defined
Value of species
Anthracus consputus Duftschmid, 1812 E: AB AU BE BH BU BY CR CT CZ DE EN FI FR GB GE GG GR HU IR IT LA LT LU MC MD NL NT PL RO SK SL SP ST SV UK YU N: MO A: IN KZ TM TR UZ WS (Löbl, Smetana, 2003). Distribution. Westpalaearctic species: North Africa (known from Morocco), almost all Europe, all Caucasus, Minor and Central Asia, Kazakhstan, south of West Siberia (Yaeger, Kataev, 2003). In Ukraine occurs almost everywhere, except high mountains (Putchkov, 2012). Ecological data. Meadow-swamp species. Hygrophilous, stratobiont. In the Forest and Forest-Steppe zones it was founded on hygrophytes meadows, near basins (usually stagnant reservoirs — lakes, swamps), on clay moist soil near the water. Prefers blackout and wetlands under the vegetation and litter. The species often was founded in deciduous forests, where prefer humid places in ravines and near lakes (Shatskyi National Park, Volyn Region). In the extreme south of Ukraine (Kherson Region, Black Sea Biosphere Reserve) A. consputus is common species on slightly saline humid areas, along the shores of estuaries lakes and wood plantations in the flooded areas. In the south-east part of Ukraine the species is marked more in floodplains (Lugansk Region, Ukrainian Steppe Reserve, Lugansko-Stanichnyi District, floodplain of the Severskyi Donets River). In the Crimea it preferred habitats near the water (banks of the rivers, streams, lakes and the sea coast), where it was not rare in the sediments (Petrusenko, Petrusenko, 1973). In the Carpathians, A. consputus is registered sometimes in beech forests (Rizun, 2003). Beetles are met from early May to late August, but more often in July. In western part of Ukraine (Volyn region, Turiysk city env.) the adults flied into the light massively (10–15 specimens per hour). The teneral beetles occur during the second half of July and early August. Occasionally the species was found in some agrocenoses: on the potato fields in Transcarpathian Lowland (Koval, 2009), maize and alfalfa fields in the steppe zone and in the shelter belts in humid microhabitats (Sumarokov, 2009).
Book reference
  • Сметанин А.Н. Хищные жуки-жужелицы и стафилиниды заповедника "Тростянец". – К.: Наукова думка, 1981. – 72 с.
  • Volodymyr RIZUN, Dr, e-mail:

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