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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.
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(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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Lovei, "Body size inequality of carabids along an urbanisation gradient," Basic and Applied Ecology, vol.
horridus captured in Morelos (Castro-Franco, 2002) remains of plants and insects were found, such as formicids, larvae, scarabeids and carabids. Likewise, insects such as ants, coleopterans, larvae, lepidopterans and termites have been observed as components of the diet of S.
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.
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.
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).
Magura, "Carabids and forest edge: Spatial pattern and edge effect," Forest Ecology and Management, vol.
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).