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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.

Melasis buprestoides - A false click beetle

Range & Status

Fairly widespread over much of lowland England, but virtually absent from the west.

Regional Distribution

Only known from Greystone Wood (Alexander, 1991a) and Lanhydrock Park.

Habitat & Ecology

Breeds in rather hard decaying timber (especially the boughs) with a white-rot, of various broadleaved trees.


Greystone Wood is part of a large complex of woodlands currently under commercial

management for timber.


Protection of ancient semi-natural woodlands from plantation forestry. Retention of dead and decaying timber.


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.