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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.

Malthodes mysticus - A soldier beetle

Range & Status

Widespread in the hill country of the north and west of Britain.

Regional Distribution

Discovered in Cornwall by R.T. Bannister in 1968 at Dobwalls. Probably confined to the Bodmin Moor fringe wooded valleys.

Habitat & Ecology

Found in ancient semi-natural woodlands. The larvae probably develop in fallen branches, while the adults are usually found amongst the herb layer, on the foliage of Bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus , Wood-rush Luzula spp. etc.


Commercial woodland management, replacing native broadleaved trees; tidiness,

removing dead and decaying timber; lack of recruitment of new generations of trees, due to grazing levels or lack of planting.


Protection of the valley woodlands of Bodmin Moor from damaging developments.


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.