Ontholestes murinus (Linnaeus, 1758)
A very distinctive Rove Beetle, which is rarely encountered unless deliberately looked for. We have only found two examples of this beetle, both at dung in Sherwood Forest CP. It moves very quickly if disturbed. These two sightings also represent the first records for Sherwood Forest NNR. There is only one other similar species in the UK, with which it can be confused - O. tesselatus, which is larger of the two and measuring around 20mm, whilst O. murinus is around 14mm in length.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ontholestes murinus
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney.

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 February 2017

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