Black Waxy Ground Beetle
Black Waxy Ground Beetle
Black Waxy Ground Beetle (Cerotalis sp ES03)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: Ground Beetle (Carabidae)
Species: Black Waxy Ground Beetle (Cerotalis sp ES03)
This Photo:     Pronotum & Single seta above the eye

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).

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This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.