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Threatened species

Shorter Rainforest Ground-beetle - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Nurus brevis
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 16 Mar 2001
Profile last updated: 06 Aug 2018


The Shorter Rainforest Ground-beetle is a relatively large, heavily built, wingless, carabid beetle. It is black with a metallic green sheen and can be distinguished from the closely related Atlas Rainforest Ground-beetle by its smaller size.


Described in the mid 1800s, it was thought to be extinct until the early 1970s when a population was located in Lismore. Currently the only known populations occur in Lismore and the Richmond Range near Mallanganee, west of Casino.

Habitat and ecology

  • Subtropical and warm temperate rainforest.
  • Nurus brevis is a flightless carabid that lives in small burrows of up to about 50cm, that it excavates with its powerful mandibles. Burrows are characteristically beneath roots, rocks or logs.
  • Nurus brevis is an ambush predator. It maintains a cleared stage at the burrow entrance and waits at the entrance for passing leaf litter 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
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None