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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.

Mantura chrysanthemi - A flea beetle

Range & Status

Very localised across England and has become increasingly scarce.

Regional Distribution

The old records are all from the Isles of Scilly, but more recently it has been found on

Penhallic Point, Tintagel (The National Trust Biological Survey) and Predannack Head (by J.A. Owen), both in 1989.

Habitat & Ecology

Associated with Sheep' s Sorrel Rumex acetosella .


Overgrazing of coastal grasslands, and undergrazing leading to coarsening and scrub development.


The most recent records come from National Trust land.


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.