Haliplus ruficollis (De Geer, 1774)
One of several UK species of Haliplus, all of which are very small. Haliplus ruficollis is common and widespread across much of the UK and although some individuals can be identified without the need for dissection, there are no guarantees identification will indeed be correct. The recording efforts of Bob Merritt, mean we know this species is found in most still water bodies in Nottinghamshire, but it can easily go unnoticed due to the small size, at around 2.5mm in length.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Haliplus ruficollis
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Bob Merritt. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Tim Sexton. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Charlie Barnes. 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

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