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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.

Propsocus pulchripennis - A barkfly

Range & Status

Only known in Britain from the Isles of Scilly. A species of subtropical coasts and known elsewhere in Europe only from Madeira and the Midi area of France, and so presumably an introduction. The Psocoptera of the islands appear to have never been studied before and so we have no way of determining how long this species has been resident here.

Regional Distribution

Discovered by Pete Kirby on Bryher, Samson, St. Agnes and St. Mary' s in 2000 (Saville et al ., 2005).

Habitat & Ecology

One of the few barkflies associated with open grassland, and found on the islands amongst fairly short, open-structured grassy vegetation on sand close to high tide level.


None identified.


The islands are owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.


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.