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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.

Caecilius fuscopterus

Range & Status

Widespread in the British Isles but appears rather localised in distribution.

Regional Distribution

Reported in the Victoria County History (Clark, 1906) from Bishop' s Wood, Truro. The only modern record comes from Ethy Wood, Lerryn Creek in 1983.

Habitat & Ecology

Most known sites are ancient Oak Quercus sp. woodlands, where it feeds on the microflora growing on the foliage of trees and shrubs.




Ancient woodlands now have some protection from felling, and Ethy Wood is 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.