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21.08.2015
Silpha carinata Hbst., 1783
Silpha carinata
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The 11 to 20 mm large carrion beetle Silpha carinata (family Silphidae) is one of four representatives of the genus in Germany. The palearctic genus comprises seven species in Europe. Silpha carinata can be distinguished from its similar sister species by the long, bell-shaped 8th article of the antenna and the lateral margin of the elytra which is broadened towards the shoulders. It is widespread in Europe, but is missing in the South (Spain, Greece, Mediterranean Isles). In the East it reaches Mongolia. The eurytopic species lives in various habitats, e.g. meadows, fallow land and clearings in forests. Both the beetles and their woodlouse-shaped larvae are usually found on carrion. In Germany it is recorded from virtually all Federal States, but is usually rare, only occasionally common. It is regarded as vulnerable (RL 3). (CB)


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