Pterostichus melanarius (Illiger, 1798)
Found to be fairly common under logs during the daytime at Sherwood Forest, P. melanarius is completely black and shiny. A fairly large Carabid, it measures up to 18mm in length, but is usually slightly less. This is a common species, found in most habitats, including gardens.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Pterostichus melanarius
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Tim Sexton. Charlie Barnes. nbgrc.

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Updated January 2022

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