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Big-headed ground beetle (Scarites subterraneus)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Adephaga
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Scaritinae
Genus: Scarites
Fabricius, 1775

Scarites is a genus of ground beetle native to the Palearctic, the Near East, North America and North Africa. These beetles share physical characteristics of the more tropical stag beetles, but are not closely related. Scarites can often be found under loose rocks and boards. If touched, they often "play dead" by folding in their legs and arching their backs. The adult beetles are predators and have been observed overpowering mealworms much larger than themselves.

Scarites contains the following species:[1]


  1. ^ "Scarites Fabricius, 1775". Carabidae of the World. 2011. Retrieved 20 Apr 2012. 

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