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Carabus glabratus.jpg
Carabus glabratus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Carabinae
Genus: Carabus
Linnaeus, 1758
Carabus macropus in a colour plate from Jacobson 1905-1915

Carabus is a genus of beetle in family Carabidae. The genus is highly diverse with 91 subgenera and more than 900 recognised species and thus is the largest genus in the subfamily Carabinae.[1] The vast majority are native to the Palearctic, but there are also 11 Nearctic species.[1] Carabus are 12–50 mm (0.47–1.97 in) long, most species are wingless and often very colourful.[1] These are nocturnal, predatory beetles that feed on snails, earthworms and caterpillars.[1]


C. rutilans


  1. ^ a b c d Deuve T.; Cruaud, A.; Genson, G.; and Rasplus, J.Y. (2012). Molecular systematics and evolutionary history of the genus Carabus (Col. Carabidae). Mol. Phylogenet Evol. 65(1):259-75. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.06.015
  • Boleslav Brezina (1999) World catalogue of the genus Carabus L. (Coleoptera, Carabidae) Pensoft Series. Faunistica, No 15. Pensoft, Sofia - Moscow
  • Thierry Deuve (2007) Liste Blumenthal 2007 (Liste de taxons valides du genre Carabus L., 1758). Musée national d'histoire naturelle, Paris
  • "Carabus Linne, 1758". Carabidae of the World. 2011. Retrieved 27 Jun 2011. 

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