Brown Ground Beetle
Ventral
Ellura
Ant-nest Beetle
Dorsal, ~13mm
 
    
Crossed Ground Beetle (Amblytelus sp ES3?)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Joint Leg (Arthropoda) - Insect (Insecta)
Order: Beetle (Coleoptera)
Family: Ground Beetle (Carabidae)
Species: Crossed Ground Beetle (Amblytelus sp ES3?)

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Notice the long sparse hairs on most of it's body; almost like spines rather than hairs.
They also have an unusual spur on their front legs. Beetles often have spines coming out of their legs, but beetles in this tribe (Amblytelini) have an indent in the leg and a hook; as can be seen in the photo.
This specimen has a smaller pronotum (back shield), which may make it a different species (perhaps Dystrichothorax?)

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Oct-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species