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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.

Geotomus punctulatus - A shield bug

Range & Status

Known for over a century from Sennen Cove. Elsewhere in the British Isles it is only

known from one other locality, Cowbridge (Glamorganshire), where two specimens were taken in the 19th Century. A southern European species which only just reaches the British Isles.

Regional Distribution

It is found in good numbers regularly at Sennen Cove.

Habitat & Ecology

This species is associated with sparsely vegetated areas of loose sand in coastal sand dunes; possibly feeds on Lady' s Bedstraw Galium verum .


Excessive public pressure on this very popular beach.

00 Conservation

See introductory section for general principles of habitat management.


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.