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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.

Cardiophorus vestigialis - A click beetle

Range & Status

Syn. C. erichsoni du Buysson. Restricted to a few coastal sites in south-western Britain.

Regional Distribution

Known from the Lizard Peninsula since 1917. Found on seacliff rock-heath at Lizard Point by K.N.A. Alexander in 1989 and by Ian McClenaghan in 2002; also at Old Lizard Head by Paul Gainey in 2007.

Habitat & Ecology

Thought to develop at the roots of plants in unimproved swards on dry freely-draining

soils. The Cornwall sites are sea-cliff grasslands.


Abandonment of grazing and the conversion of its coastal pasture sites to more productive agricultural swards.


Lizard Point is owned by The National Trust.


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.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.