Ophonus puncticollis (Paykull, 1798)

Taxonomy: Adephaga > Carabidae > Ophonus > Metophonus > Ophonus puncticollis

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Ophonus puncticollis

Description

Size: 6.5-9mm
Basic colour: Mid-brown to nearly black.
Pronotoum: Variable. 1.3-1.4 times as wide as long. Sometimes very wide, with convex disc and sides variable sinuate in front of sharp hind angles. Base finely bordered, sides with at least two long setae; disc with exceptionally strong but widely scattered punctures.
Leg colour: Mid to dark brown.
Confusion species: Ophonus azureus
, Confusion species: Ophonus melletii
, Confusion species: Ophonus parallelus

UK Priority Species data collation for Ophonus puncticollis.

Biology

Status: Very scarce. Local in south and east England and on the coast of south Wales.
UKBAP Species: Yes
Habitat: Dry chalk, limestone and gravelly soils; often semi-shaded.
Other notes: Elytral shoulder tooth distinct, sides rounded, intervals densely punctured. Aedeagus with long slender apex. Apical disc small but distinct, extending obliquely both dorsally and ventrally, curved in apical view. Wings present.

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