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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.

Megalonotus sabulicola - A ground bug

Range & Status

A central and southern European species, occurring widely across southern England, where it is most frequent in the south-east. It is relatively sparse and local, but probably under-recorded.

Regional Distribution

Widely known along the coast of West Penwith and The Lizard; also at Penhale Dunes.

Habitat & Ecology

Dry and well-drained sites, usually coastal and sandy grasslands, where the sward is short or sparse. It is probably a seed-feeder.


Coastal development and excessive public pressure. Natural succession; changing

grazing pressure.


See introductory section for general principles of habitat management.


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.