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Black Beetle with pincers - Scarites subterraneus

Black Beetle with pincers - Scarites subterraneus
East Hampton, NY, Suffolk County, New York, USA
June 26, 2009
Size: approx 8 mm
I would appreciate help with identifying.

Found floating in swimming pool skimmer.

moving to guide page

Looks like Scarites, a ground
Looks like Scarites, a ground beetle in the family Carabidae

Yes, it looks a lot like the photo at

Thanks very much.

Very short apparant body length of "8 mm"
amazes me for Scarites whose members are all quite a bit larger. Are you sure? At any rate, compare yours to the smallest member S. subterraneus which characteristically has the most roundish antennal segments.

Yes, you're right ... I measured incorrectly
Sorry about that. The actual length was 15-16 mm.

Scarites subterraneus
makes most sense here based on combination of size < 25 mm; round antennomeres; location.


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