Anotylus rugosus (Fabricius, 1775)
A common and widespread beetle, Anotylus rugosus is the most regularly encountered of the UK's Anotylus Rove Beetles. Usually found in marshy habitats, though it is by no means confined to this habitat, Anotylus rugosus has been found at Sherwood Forest. Confirmation of identification is best determined by looking at the abdominal tergites of the male under a microscope, as males show a small tubercle (see lower right photograph). The ones illustrated were found at Besthorpe Pits near Newark in late March 2014.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Anotylus rugosus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Wil Heeney. Phil Lee. Charlie Barnes. NBGRC. Meg Skinner. Natural England - Birklands and Bilhaugh SSSI & Birklands West and Ollerton Corner SSSI, Nottinghamshire Saproxylic invertebrate survey, Natural England Field Unit, April-October 2018. Peter Kirby (Ploughman Wood Invertebrate survey 1998 on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust). 

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2022

copyright Trevor and Dilys Pendleton ( . .
Beetle Photo Gallery - Thumbnail version
Beetle Photo Gallery - Text version