Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
O. similis, O.nero
Explanation of Names
Ocypus (Matidus) nitens (Schrank 1781)
Relevant details separating on the generic level are in the mouthparts, rarely visible on life images. The wings are visibly shorter than the pronotum in O. nitens, and pronotal punctures dense, but not confluent. Anterior tibiae with spines besides hairs in the apical portion.
Native to w. Palaearctic; adventive in NA and mostly limited to the coastal ne. US (ME-NY)(1)
common in forested and open habitat in MA-NH; pronouncedly synanthropic, often wanders into dwellings(1)
earliest NA record: MA 1944(1)