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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.

Astenus serpentinus - A rove beetle

Range & Status

Syn. A. subditus (Mulsant & Rey). Only known from two British localities: Whitsand Bay in east Cornwall up to 1907 and more recently in south Devon. Long confused with Astenus procerus .

Regional Distribution

Collected at Whitsand Bay by Donisthorpe in 1907 and about the same period by J.J.


Habitat & Ecology

A coastal grassland species, usually on sandy soils, in moss and amongst the grass litter.


Abandonment of cliff pastures, with consequent coarsening and scrub development.

00 Conservation

Maintain coastal rough grazings.


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.