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 (kăr′ə-bĭd, kə-răb′ĭd)
Any of numerous chiefly dark-colored predaceous beetles of the family Carabidae that are often found under stones, logs, or piles of debris. Also called ground beetle.

[From New Latin Cārabidae, family name, from Latin cārabus, crustacean, from Greek kārabos, horned beetle, crayfish.]

car′a·bid adj.


(Animals) any typically dark-coloured beetle of the family Carabidae, including the bombardier and other ground beetles
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Carabidae
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin cārabus a kind of crab (name applied to these beetles)]
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105] for its part, notes the preponderance of carabids and scarabeidae in the menu of the European hedgehog with proportions varying between 19.
The diet of carabids includes Collembola, earthworms, nematodes, slugs, snails, aphids, eggs and larvae of Diptera and Coleoptera, Lepidoptera pupae and seeds of herbaceous plants (Kromp, 1999; Holland & Luff, 2000; Holland, 2002; Tooley & Brust, 2002).
Carabid (Coleoptera) community change following prescribed burning and the potential use of carabids as indicator species to evaluate the effects of fire management in Mediterranean regions.
However, less is known about smaller beetles, especially about coprophagous scarabaeids or zoophagous small carabids in the hoopoe diet.
Agricultural intensification and biodiversity partitioning in European landscapes comparing plants, carabids and birds.
Environmental parameters and microspatial distribution of insects: a case study of carabids in an alluvial forest.
The relative abundance of Coleoptera was the highest in the habitats with dense plant cover (III and IV), the number of carabids and rove beetles per trap was also the highest in these habitats.
Recolonisation and distribution of spiders and carabids in cereal fields after spring sowing.
For example, scarabaeids were present at 63% and 64% volumes for the respective 28 May and 23 July samples; followed by the overlapping curculionids at 25% and 42% volumes for 23 and 31 July, respectively; and then carabids at 40% and 65% volumes for 31 July and 9 August, respectively (Table 1).
Because of their significance as bioindicators and their role as agents of biological control of agriculture pests, carabids have been extensively used to assess the impact of soil management on ground-dwelling arthropods in many crops (Minarro and Dapena, 2003).
Most carabids are nocturnal and are attracted to light (L6vei and Sunderland, 1996), which helps account for their frequency in the diet of the big brown bat.