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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.

Scopaeus ryei - A rove beetle

Range & Status

Reliably only known in Britain from two sites, the most recent being in 1947 from Loe Bar (the other site is Slapton Ley, South Devon).

Regional Distribution

Only known in Cornwall from Loe Bar where it was discovered by R.T. Bannister in 1936 in sand at the roots of Yellow Horned-poppy Glaucium flavum ; refound by G.H. Ashe in 1947 (Allen, 1968a).

Habitat & Ecology

Occurs in coastal shingle, especially in fine shingle near water. The adults are predators.


Disturbance of shingle systems, including gravel-winning and coastal protection works.


Protection of all shingle systems from inappropriate developments. Loe Bar is a property of The National Trust.


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.