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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.

Amara famelica

Range & Status

Restricted to a few sites across S. & E. England, where it has become increasingly


Regional Distribution

A single old record from Tuckingmill, Camborne in 1943.

Habitat & Ecology

Favours damp areas within dry sandy heaths.


Agricultural intensification; abandonment of rough grazings, leading to coarsening of the vegetation; development pressure on ' waste' land.


Much of the coastal sandy heathland is now protected within SSSI. This species is listed on the UK BAP Priority Species list (2007).


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.