|At least 1300 species|
Bembidion is the largest genus of beetles in the family Carabidae by number of species. All species are small (less than 7.5 mm) and move very fast. Most of them live close to water. The genus has a biantitropical distribution, meaning they are found in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, but not in the tropics. In warmer regions it is substituted by closely related Tachys and other genera.
This genus is divided into numerus subgenera, some of which are elevated to full genus rank by various authors; as noted above, however, no universally accepted way of splitting the genus exists yet. Bembidion subgenera include:
- Bembidion (Bembidion)
- Bembidion (Eurytrachelus) (sometimes in Odontium)
- Bembidion (Notaphus)
- Bembidion (Ocydromus)
- Bembidion (Odontium)
- Bembidion (Zecillenus)
References and notes
- Hist. Nat. Crust. Ins. 3: 82. Type species: Carabus quadrimaculatus Linnaeus, 1761 (= Bembidion quadrimaculatum).
- Carl H. Lindroth. The Carabidae (Coleoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark. Leiden - Copenhagen: Brill - Scandinavian Science Press, 1985. ISBN 90-04-07727-8. P. 129-199.
- Philip Jackson Darlington. Biogeography of the Southern End of the World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1965. P. 22, 45.