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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.

Taphropeltus hamulatus - A ground bug

Range & Status

A southern species in Britain, found particularly the south east.

Regional Distribution

The only records are for Lizard Town and Kynance Cove in 1951. Its present status in

Cornwall is unclear.

Habitat & Ecology

The Cornish records are all on serpentine or schist, while the records from England are mostly from the chalk. It is probably a seed-feeder. Habitat records for Cornwall are not documented.


The area of The Lizard from which the bug is so far known is subject to considerable

public pressure which has led to extensive erosion of vegetation in places.


Moderate grazing is needed in order to maintain a good range of vegetation structures and heights, including some tall grassland with a thick moss layer.


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.