Scientific Name: Cauricara phalangium
Common Name: Black Long legged Namib beetle (unknown)
Description: Namibian Desert Beetle: Fast running black beetle found on the dunes in the Namib Desert.
Habitat: Namib Desert
Difference in Sex:
Size: About 12 mm (without legs)
Diet: Detritus (I
have also observe them eating each other and other beetles)
Enemies: Desert Lizards, Gecko's, snakes, and man
Interesting facts: This beetle is also a "stilting species"
which means, it stand on it's head with his back side in to the air on top
of a dune. Fog accumulates during the evening into water drops on it's back and
that rolls down the beetles body to it's mouth.
Credits: Christian Fourie (photograph + info)