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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.

Gomphocerippus rufus - Rufous Grasshopper

Range & Status

Restricted to 52 10km squares on limey soil in southern Britain.

Regional Distribution

Three localities are listed for before 1907, but the most recent site was a small colony on rough pasture at Brae Hill, near Rock, in September 1975. Despite many searches it has not been refound, and may be extinct in Cornwall.

Habitat & Ecology

Occurs in coarse herbage in hot sites over limestone or chalk.


None known.


Needs re-finding if possible, after which the site should be protected for detailed study.


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.