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Hairy Beetle

Observed: 20th August 2011 By: jonmortin
Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre
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9mm in length.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Thanks again Mark! The

Thanks again Mark! The habitat was dry stony soil which is what is says for puncticeps in Beetles of Somerset (Duff) so that would fit.

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I have re-examined the

I have re-examined the specimen and can now see the pitted head and the beading along the hind margin of the pronotum. That narrows it down to 5 species in my key, but only 3 of the right size. Of these only puncticeps is known to occur in the Bristol/Somerset region as far as I can tell.

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I think it is either puncticeps or melletii. I can't be sure from the photo but if you send me a specimen, I can give you a name. It could be melletii which is a BAP species and would be new to Somerset.

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Thanks Mark. Unfortunately I

Thanks Mark. Unfortunately I no longer have this specimen, but will gladly send on any further beetle specimens (I don't have your contact details but if you send them to that would be great!)