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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Scolopostethus pictus

Range & Status

A southern species in Britain.

Regional Distribution

Re-discovered amongst vegetable debris in the arable fields at West Pentire Farm in

2003. Otherwise only known from a record dated 1866 from Holmbush in East Cornwall.

Habitat & Ecology

Lives among accumulations of dry plant material, presumably feeding on small fungi. Typical wild sites are ant nests and reed litter, while it will also use haystacks, thatch, etc.


Tidiness \endash the clearance of plant debris for no good reason.


The West Pentire fields are owned by The National Trust and managed for nature



I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.