Laemostenus is a genus of ground beetles present on all continents on Earth, except Antarctica.

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Laemostenus janthinus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Harpalinae
Supertribe: Harpalitae
Tribe: Sphodrini
Genus: Laemostenus
Bonelli, 1810
Subgenera and species

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There are nearly 200 species in the genus, divided into several subgenera. Beetles of the genus are about 8 to 28 millimeters long. Many are dark in color with a blue or purple sheen. Others, especially subterranean and cave-dwelling species, are depigmented, much lighter in color, with reduced eyes.[1]

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