GROUND BEETLES OF THE WORLD

Insecta Coleoptera
Trachypachidae et Carabidae s.l.

Insects represent about 60% of all known species of living organisms on planet Earth. The Coleoptera or beetles are the most diverse order in the animal kingdom. One in every four recognized multi-cellular animal species is a beetle! Among these, the carabids or 'ground beetles' are a megadiverse family with about 37.500 extant species known so far.

This website is based upon CarabCat, a global database of ground beetles developed and curated by Faunaplan since 1990. All data from CarabCat concerning species-group names (species, subspecies, synonyms, and including country distribution and references) can also be accessed through the Catalogue of Life. Additional data that are not yet in the Catalogue of Life can be found by using the tools "Checklist" and "CarabMap" of this website. The aim is to facilitate and improve access to information about ground beetles which are an important group of insects both ecologically and economically.


Content by:
Wolfgang Lorenz, Faunaplan - Büro/ Verlag für Faunistik und Umweltplanung, Hörmannstr. 4, D-82327 Tutzing, Germany
Copyright: Licensed under Creative Commons (BY, version 4.0).
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Last updated: December 31, 2013