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Threatened species

Atlas Rainforest Ground-beetle - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Nurus atlas
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 16 Mar 2001
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


The Atlas Rainforest Ground-beetle is a large, heavily-built, black-coloured ground beetle about 3 to 3.5 cm in length. Its larger size distinguishes it from the related Shorter Rainforest Ground-beetle.


Historically widespread in heavily timbered high rainfall areas east of the Great Dividing Range on the north coast of NSW. The species had not been seen for many years and was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in Victoria Park near Lismore in 1973. Presently it is only known from this location and a few others in the Lismore-Alstonville area.

Habitat and ecology

  • Low-elevation rainforest and wet eucalypt forest with a well-developed rainforest understorey. Other habitat requirements may be relatively undisturbed old-growth forests on highly productive soils and consistently high moisture levels.
  • It is flightless and preys on other ground invertebrates.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None