Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a large family (Carabidae) of chiefly black beetles that often inhabit the spaces under stones, logs, or piles of debris and feed on other insects. Also called ground beetle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of very many shiny black beetles of the family Carabidae

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the genus Carabus or family Carabidae.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A beetle of the family Carabidæ; a caraboid; a ground-beetle.

Etymologies

From New Latin Cārabidae, family name, from Latin cārabus, crustacean, from Greek kārabos, horned beetle, crayfish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • But life is not only about eating mushrooms and strawberries and laying eggs; there is also danger lurking in the shadows: on the right, a beetle, probably a carabid, is attacking an orange slug.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Diversity variation in carabid beetle assemblages in the southern Finnish taiga.

    Effects of climate change on the biodiversity of the Arctic

  • Local endemism is quite pronounced with numerous species restricted to single mountains, watersheds, or even single habitat patches, tributary stream banks, or springs (e.g., herbaceous plants, salamanders, carabid beetles, land snails).

    Klamath-Siskiyou forests

  • Below ground there is an even more specialized fauna including 20 different types of cave weta (from the Rhaphidophoidae family), 15 types of endemic carabid beetle and New Zealand's largest spider, the Nelson Cave spider (Spelungula cavernicola), with a 12 centimeters (cm) leg span.

    Nelson Coast temperate forests

  • The candidate will investigate the effect of fragmentation on spatial patterns of selected species and invertebrate communities in urban environments; radio-track hedgehogs; sample and identify flying and ground-dwelling invertebrates such as bees, carabid beetles or snails; analyze their functional assemblage with uni- and multivariate techniques and publish the results in international journals.

    PhD Position in Urban Ecology

  • Mean species densities of birds and carabid beetles, on the other hand, were not significantly different between farm types, although the mean abundances of birds and carabids on pre-harvest crop areas were significantly higher on organic than on non-organic farms.

    Does organic farming benefit local biodiversity?

  • The carabid beetle Pterostichus melanarius Coleoptera: Carabidae is a predator of slugs.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • On mountains of the mainlands, most carabid species are geophiles, living low to the ground, and most of those mountain-dwelling geophiles are shrunken-winged.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Darlington offered his own explanations for the carabid pattern, involving such factors as wing-muscle physiology, population density, and the instability of habitat.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • How many species of carabid beetle would such a big island support?

    The Song of The Dodo

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