Tachyporus obtusus (Linnaeus, 1767)
Tachyporus obtusus is around 4-5mm long, colourful and along with the similar T. hypnorum is probably a familiar species to many people. As a member of the Staphylinidae (Rove Beetles) it has most of it's abdominal segments exposed. The largest example of the group is the Devil's Coach Horse, another familiar and imposing species. Over 1000 species of Staphylinidae in the UK, most are scavengers and can be found in a variety of sites. They generally inhabit leaf litter and and other decaying matter and are good fliers.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Tachyporus obtusus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Natural England - Invertebrate Site Register 2006. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Tim Sexton. Wil Heeney. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Liam Andrews. NBGRC.

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Updated January 2022

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