Metopsia clypeata (Müller, P.W.J., 1821) 
Although not immediately apparent at first glance, Metopsia clypeata is a tiny Staphylinid (<3mm) which appears to be relatively uncommon throughout  Nottinghamshire, based on the few records we have. Much of this may be purely down to size and difficulty in finding, often requiring patience sorting through trays of vegetation. The ones illustrated, turned up whilst sieving old straw at the Sherwood Forest CP in late March 2020 and in a leaf litter sample, taken from a disused railway line at Market Warsop in April 2020.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Metopsia clypeata 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors -  Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Wil Heeney. Meg Skinner. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey).

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

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