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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.

Atomaria scutellaris

Range & Status

First recorded in Britain from the Isles of Scilly (Allen, 1968b). For many years only known in Britain from Scilly and Cornwall, but has recently been found in Sussex and Surrey.

Regional Distribution

Johnson (1993) gives Marazion, Mawgan, Penzance, Rosevear and Tresco, but provides no details.

Habitat & Ecology

It has been found in a wide variety of situations (usually near the coast) on dry grassy

banks, saltmarsh, broadleaved woodland.


Loss of semi-natural habitats generally.


Protection of semi-natural communities.


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.