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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.

Biphyllus lunatus - A false hide beetle

Range & Status

Widespread over much of lowland England, but increasingly scarce in the west. Rare and threatened in central Europe.

Regional Distribution

Known from Fowey at the turn of the century (Clark, 1906) and re-discovered close by

in Ethy Woods (Alexander, 1991a). Also recorded in 1990 from Little Petherick (Ian


Habitat & Ecology

Breeds in King Alfred' s Cakes Daldinia concentrica brackets growing on old Ash Fraxinus excelsior and to a lesser extent Beech Fagus sylvatica and Horse-chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum trees in old pasture-woodlands.


Loss of older age classes of Ash trees.


Ethy Woods are owned by 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.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.