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Genus Omophron - Round Sand Beetles

Round Sand Beetle - Omophron americanum BG2645 E6249a - Omophron grossum omophron americanus ? - Omophron americanum Ormorphron - Omophron Omophron labiatum - male 9526 - Omophron Omophron nitidum Omophron gilae
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Carabidae (Ground Beetles)
Subfamily Omophroninae
Tribe Omophronini
Genus Omophron (Round Sand Beetles)
Other Common Names
Hunchbacked Beetles
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Omophron Latreille 1802
Greek 'savage-like'(2)
11 spp. in our area (all in the nominate subgenus), ~70 spp. in 2 subgenera total(3)
5-8 mm
Oval convex beetles with concealed scutellum. Habitus distinctive.

Keys: North American spp. in(1), northeastern spp. in(4)(5), SC spp. in(6)
17 spp. in the New World (Canada to Costa Rica), the rest in Eurasia & Africa(3)(7)
Wet sand near water; adults are nocturnal and gregarious(7)
Adults and larvae are predacious, but larvae occasionally feed on seedlings or crops planted in moist soil. (citation for second part??)
Life Cycle
probably overwinter as adults(7)
mostly found running over the sand or burrowing in it (particularly under stones); occasionally run over water surface. Some come to lights.(7)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A revision of the genus Omophron (Coleoptera: Carabidae) of North America north of Mexico.
Benschoter, C.A. and Cook, E.F. 1956. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 49(5): 411-429.
2.An illustrated descriptive catalogue of the Coleoptera or beetles (exclusive of the Rhynchophora) known to occur in Indiana.
Blatchley, W. S. 1910. Indianapolis,Nature Pub. Co.
3.Catalogue of Geadephaga (Coleoptera, Adephaga) of America, north of Mexico
Bousquet Y. 2012. ZooKeys 245: 1–1722.
4.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
5.Illustrated Identification Guide to Adults and Larvae of Northeastern North American Ground Beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
Yves Bousquet. 2010. Pensoft Publishers.
6.Ground Beetles and Wrinkled Bark Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2000. Clemson University.
7.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
8.Carabidae of the World