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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.

Gracilia minuta - A long horn beetle

Range & Status

Formerly very widespread throughout England, but has become increasingly very


Regional Distribution

Recorded from St. Merryn in 1925 (Blair, 1931) and Penzance in 1932 by R.T. Bannister.

Habitat & Ecology

Larvae develop in twigs and smaller branches of a variety of broadleaved trees and shrubs, including Dog Rose Rosa canina agg. and Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg. Formerly a pest of wickerwork. Reported in woodland and scrub.


Changing woodland structure, through plantation forestry and abandonment of old



Maintenance of open sunny areas within and around woodlands where a variety of native trees and shrubs may develop.


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.