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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.

Margarinotus obscurus - A hister beetle

Range & Status

Formerly widely distributed in England, but has become very scarce and not seen since 1947.

Regional Distribution

Found near Saltash (Clark, 1906) and fairly commonly at Lamorna in 1923 by R.T.


Habitat & Ecology

A dung-breeding beetle of coastal sand-hills. Neither Cornish record is compatible with the known habitat requirements for this species and both merit re-examination should collected specimens be available.


None known.

00 Conservation



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.