Black Waxy Ground Beetle
Pronotum & Single seta above the eye
Ellura
Ground Beetle
 
    
Black Waxy Ground Beetle (Cerotalis sp ES3)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Ground Beetle (Carabidae)
Species: Black Waxy Ground Beetle (Cerotalis sp ES3)
This Photo:     Ventral

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~14mm. One of the diagnostics of this genus is the single setae (hair) above the eye.
Apparantly "The genus urgently needs a revision, as identification of species is almost impossible." But for now the ventral colour and depth of line in the centre of the pronotum are all diagnostic to separate out species, even if we don't know which is which.
The single setae/hair above the eye is diagnostic for the genus, as are the >4 marginal punctures on the margin of the elytra (which are difficult to see in photographs).

Copyright © 2020 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 06-Apr-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.