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Identify small black beetle

O.K. I'm doing this study on some land near my house and I caught this beetle in a pitfall trap and it needs to be identified... It is small and black, about as long as half of one of the keys on my keybored....haha yea i have it with me right now... it doesnt smell when I handle it... kind of looks like http://bugguide.net/node/view/34794/bgpage... except the part right behind the head is rounded towards the back and come two points at the front... It also has very very veryyyy small mandibles... i can hardly see them...any ideas or if im missing something just tell me , thanks guys

Tough call
Without at least an image, what you describe could be a multitude of things. Carabids, for instance like the one you referred to, are difficult to ID to species even when you have the bug in front of you, much less from a picture or a description. If you could get a pic there may be a chance at least of a subfamily or genus.

 
Yea...
Alright thanks, I kinda figured as much just considering it is a "small black beetle" I mean that kinda happens a lot in the insect world :P for this survey though I think I'll just write that down because I know they do that with mushrooms...anyways thanks...

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