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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.

Abraeus perpusillus - A hister beetle

Range & Status

Syn. A. globosus (Hoffman, J.). Widespread over much of lowland England, but rare in the far west.

Regional Distribution

Recorded in Clark (1906) but not seen subsequently until 1989 when it was found in

Lanhydrock Park.

Habitat & Ecology

Lives in moist rotten wood of old stumps and large trunk sections or major boughs of dead broadleaf trees. Sites are usually ancient woodland or pasture-woodland.


Removal of large items of decaying timber from old parks, pasture-woodlands and ancient woodlands, usually for reasons of tidiness. Loss of old trees generally.


Retention of suitable deadwood, and maintenance of age structure of trees to ensure

future availability of habitat. Lanhydrock Park 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.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.