Philorhizus vectensis (Rye, 1873)

Taxonomy: Adephaga > Carabidae > Philorhizus > Philorhizus vectensis


Philorhizus vectensis


Size: 3.2-3.7mm
Basic colour: Brown.
Pattern colour: Head black, elytra straw-coloured with a dark transverse band sub-apically; this extends forwards medially along the suture, and backwards laterally to include the apical angles of the elytra. Underside of the abdomen black or dark brown.
Pronotoum: Bright reddish.
Leg colour: Pale.
Confusion species: Philorhizus sigma

UK Priority Species data collation for Philorhizus vectensis


Status: Scarce. Local along the English south coast from Cornwall to Kent, occasionally inland, Essex and Suffolk.
UKBAP Species: Yes
Habitat: Partly vegetated dry sand or shingle near the coast.
Other notes: Elytra with shoulders rounded, sides also rounded, widest just behind middle; striae distinct with fine punctures. Wings absent.


Boyce, D.C. & Walters, J.M. (2008). Notes on Philorhizus vectensis (Rye) (Carabidae) in southwest England and Wales. The Coleopterist 17(1): 64.

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