Seed-eating Ground Beetle - Amara [22 spp.] |

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Seed-eating Ground Beetle (Amara [22 spp.])

Arthropoda > Insecta > Coleoptera > Adephaga > Carabidae

A large genus of medium-sized metallic oval-shaped ground beetle. About 50 species have been recorded in the state, and at least 22 of those have been recorded from Southern California: A. apachensis, A. aurata, A. anthobia, A. californica, A. conflata, A. deparca, A. discors, A. ellipsis, A. insignis, A. farcta, A. insularis, A. jacinto, A. jacobina, A. laevipennis, A. littoralis, A. longula, A. musculis, A. pomona, A. quenseli, A. rugulifera, A. scitula, and A. specularis . Several of these have been recorded from the Channel Islands: A. aurata (San Clemente Island), A. californica (Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, San Clemente Island), A. conflata ("Channel Islands" - unspecified), A. insignis (Catalina, Santa Rosa Islands), and A. insularis (Channel Island endemic). One species, A. anthobia is adventive in Southern California, with records from Los Angeles. Two species, A. jacinto and A. specularis, are recorded in the SBMNH database but are absent from Bousquet's catalog.

1. California Beetle Project at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2. Bousquet Y (2012) Catalogue of Geadephaga (Coleoptera: Adephaga) of America, north of Mexico. ZooKeys 245: 1-1722. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.245.3416

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