Bembidion palosverdes Kavanaugh & Erwin, 1992:312

Palos Verdes intertidal minute carabid beetle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: June 1964.
Since rediscovered.
The Palos Verdes intertidal minute carabid beetle (Bembidion palosverdes) was described by (Kavanaugh & Erwin, 1992) based upon 6 specimens (4 males; 2 females) collected in 1964. The species had not been collected since, and they hypothesised that oil spills caused the species' extinction. However, it has since been rediscovered (Caterino et al., 2015).



Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles County, California, USA


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Kavanaugh, David H. and Erwin, Terry L. (1992). Extinct or extant? A new species of intertidal Bembidiine (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Bembidiini) from the Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. The Coleopterists Bulletin 46(3): 311-320.


Other references:

Caterino, Michael S., Caterino, Katie J. and Maddison, David R. (2015). Extant! Living Bembidion palosverdes Kavanaugh and Erwin (Coleoptera: Carabidae) Found on Santa Catalina Island, California. The Coleopterists Bulletin 69(3): 410-411.


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